Everybody knew the competition to land Amazon's landscape-changing new headquarters would be pretty fierce.
But more than 200 proposals from the United States, Canada and Mexico? That's a lot to sift through (and good luck to the Amazon execs who get to do that.)
Amazon said Monday it received a total of 238 proposals from different cities and regions across North America, all making their case for why the online giant should open a new headquarters (HQ2, as it's called) in their community.
Bids, which had to be in by Oct. 19, were submitted from almost every state – in fact, it's a lot shorter to list which states didn't send in a pitch:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
That's it. Everyone else in the U.S. is taking a swing.
Included on that list is Minnesota, whose single pitch is appropriately Minnesotan, at least according to Gov. Mark Dayton. There are no exorbitant tax breaks or headline-grabbing gimmicks, for example. It's a modest, business-like proposal.
Six Canadian provinces also sent in proposals, as did Puerto Rico and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Querétaro and Hidalgo.
Here's the map Amazon released Monday:
Amazon's pitch to cities and states?
Amazon is dangling an impressive economic carrot here. They're anticipating 50,000 full-time employees over the next decade-plus at this new HQ2 (which for context would be the biggest employer in Minnesota, by the way), with an average salary north of $100,000.
Plus there'd be $5 billion in capital expenditures (like building costs). And the company says its presence in Seattle has generated billions of dollars in recent years.
The tech giant said it was looking for metro areas of more than 1 million people, a large site with good access to public transportation, strong local tech talent, and a stable business environment.
Amazon expects to announce which site it's picking in 2018, with the goal of being up and running the following year.