According to The South Florida Business Journal, Palm Beach County is very interested in Amazon’s second headquarters. Kerry Smallridge, president and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County said the county will submit a “bold and aggressive” proposal. Cities across the country have been preparing proposals after Amazon announced plans to build another headquarters, which is expected to be a $5 billion investment and more than 50,000 new jobs over the next 2 decades.
Fortunately, Palm Beach County has a few advantages! These include accessibility to three international airports along with alternative forms of transportation. Palm Beach County has been successful at landing major job-creating deals, including facilities for Scripps Research Institute, Carrier Corp and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. IBM has a long-time presence in Boca Raton, which is also home to rapidly growing Modernizing Medicine.
Amazon said it is seeking a location with low taxes, available incentives, that is close to mass transit and is a cultural fit.
“Our county and region have several vibrant urban, downtown settings that offer affordable residential options, excellent quality of life, access to public transit, proximity to educational institutions, restaurants, art, culture set along 42 miles of the most beautiful beaches,” Smallridge said. “We look forward to submitting our proposal to Amazon.”
The goal is to have phase 1 completed by 2019; a building with more that 500,000-square-foot. According to predictions, following the year 2027, its footprint will grow to up to 8 million square feet.
Based in Seattle, Amazon is looking to start building in a big city that would ideally be around 45 minutes to an airport. The location would need to be in close proximity to quality universities with a population of over 1 million people. Amazon is focusing on engineers and other technology related jobs.
The bids are due by October 19th.