Texas enters bid for new Amazon headquarters through prominent politicians

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said to be considering a second headquarters in Texas, as Republican senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are urging him to set up shop in the “Lone Star State.”

“Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes our economy, our skilled workforce, and our quality of life,” the two senators reportedly wrote in a letter to Bezos on Wednesday. “Texas boasts the ideal combination of a talented and highly skilled workforce, limited government, low taxes, and world-class educational institutions.”

In their pitch, which included suggestions of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Houston, Austin and San Antonio as potential cities to house the headquarters, they note that “large multinational corporations and even small start-ups” are turning to Texas to launch their business or relocate existing ventures.

“Amazon is among the many diverse businesses that have recently taken interest in Texas,” the senators added.

Bezos announced that Amazon was exploring locations for its second headquarters about a month ago, calling the proposed structure “HQ2.” Amazon plans to invest $5 billion in construction and may be able to employ more than 50,000 people in the new facility.

Cruz and Cornyn are only two of the numerous public officials begging Amazon to build in their communities, including communities in the Northwest, where the company has its primary headquarters, located in Seattle.

But according to Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke, “Not everybody wants to live in the Northwest.”

Speaking at the GeekWire Summit Tuesday, Wilke said, “It’s been terrific for me and my family, but I think we may find another location allows us to recruit a different collection of employees.”

GeekWire reports that cities neighboring Seattle, as well as Tacoma, Wa., and Portland, Ore., are putting big money behind efforts to nab HQ2. Yet, all may be in vain.

Wilke said Amazon’s decision to build elsewhere is about “room and talent and diversity of environment.”

However, Amazon is also planning to increase in Seattle, by adding another 6,000 employees to its current workforce of 50,000.


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