US cities in bidding war for Amazon’s new $6 billion headquarters

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com is searching for a location to build its second headquarters in North America that would cost more than $US5 billion ($A6.2 billion) and house up to 50,000 staff.

The e-commerce company, which is headquartered in Seattle, said on Thursday it was seeking proposals from local and state government leaders, and would select the location next year.

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Amazon’s workforce has exploded to more than 380,000 from under 25,000 since it moved to Seattle in 2010, as it rapidly expanded to become a global retailer – selling everything from groceries to appliances.

The company’s total revenue has grown to $US136 billion at the end of last year from $US34 billion in 2010. Amazon recently snatched up Whole Foods Market for $US13.7 billion.

Amazon said the new headquarters should ideally be located in a metropolitan area with more than one million people, potentially giving the company a shopping list of more than 50 cities to choose from.

The project would initially need more than 500,000 square feet and up to 8 million square feet beyond 2027, Amazon said.

“We want to find a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit,” Amazon said.

Amazon is looking for a favourable tax structure and local government subsidies, incentives that have attracted other companies like Taiwan-based Foxconn to build facilities in the United States.

Foxconn plans to build a $US10 billion liquid crystal display factory in Wisconsin.

The state’s Republican-controlled government had voted to approve a bill aimed at establishing a $US3 billion incentive package for the plant.

Amazon expects the new headquarters to be a “full equal” to its Seattle office, Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

The Seattle campus is spread across 8.1 million square feet in 33 buildings and employs more than 40,000 people.