Langford submits official bid to host Amazon's second headquarters

Gary could have a strong chance to get Amazon's attention, McDermott said, and the city has the necessary acreage, room for growth and an airport.

"This is a great opportunity for us as a region to continue to tell our story to a global player", said Heather Ennis, president and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum. "While this is an extremely competitive situation, we are confident in what Cleveland has to offer and excited at the prospect of being Amazon's second home".

Some of the Canadian bids do not appear to meet some of Amazon's key priorities, including a stated preference to locate in a metropolitan area of at least one million people that has a nearby global airport and mass transit links to the new site.

Amazon has said it wants a city with more than a million people, an global airport, and a quote "business-friendly tax structure".

Based on the company's seven year history in downtown Seattle, a headquarter would create thousands of additional jobs outside of the company, would bring in new investments from companies moving to the area to be closer to Amazon, and could increase the personal income of non-Amazon employees by $17 billion.

"The number one economy in Victoria is the knowledge economy", he said. But one of America's largest cities is issuing a public "no thanks". The city is supporting a northwest IN plan led by Gary, but also sent IN a bid of its own.

Mr. Thomson said he still isn't sure Amazon would put its second headquarters anywhere outside of the USA, but said the company may like the comparative ease of attracting and moving foreign employees to Canada compared to the United States.

Several hundred communities were expected to compete for Amazon's expansion.

"We're probably not going to win, the odds are against us, OK, but sometimes long shots win", says Dr. Gnuschke.

Amazon says it will make a decision in 2018.

  • Eleanor Harrison