This is the stuff economic-development dreams are made of — Amazon.com is looking to build a second North American headquarters and everywhere wants them. Perhaps nowhere wants them more than South Florida, where they’re pulling out all of the stops!
Business leaders, Councils, and Development Boards from Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties have joined forces to create a super-team approach to luring Amazon to South Florida.
Why get so excited? Amazon’s new HQ will boast a proposed 8 million square feet, and employ a workforce of 50 thousand. Yes, we said dreams were made of this! And South Florida is hoping Amazon is dreaming of a sunny, warm climate in juxtaposition to their Seattle-based command post. Couldn’t balmy ocean views lead the pitch?
Let’s not forget that the competition for the staggering $5 billion development on as many as 100 acres, is stiff. O-town wants in; Denver got a leg-up from a New York Times article which ranked it as best choice; even Gary, Indiana is vying for the massive project to park it bountiful buildings in the Midwest.
Yes, they all want Amazon, but they aren’t South Florida. Touting is quality schools, ready workforce, improving transportation options like Brightline, and convenient airport locations, the joined counties are hoping that miles of powdery-sand beaches might just seal the deal.
One of the biggest draws of the company who made Prime a coveted perk, is the magnetic force it carries. Aside from the incredibly lucrative Amazon, a plethora of businesses just wanting to be close enough to rub elbows with the company that generated $136 billion in sales last year, will likely flock to the area.
The addition of the new headquarters could turn a sleepy patch of undeveloped land into a metropolis of booming business, manufacturing, research, office, retail, and more.
But the development team will need to act fast in order to woo Amazon. The deadline for proposals is October 19. Best of luck, So FL!