Amazon Posts RFP for Amazon HQ2

by CoyDavidson on September 7, 2017

Amazon Seeks Second North American Headquarters Location Outside Seattle

Anyone in the commercial real estate community or the business community for that matter, by now has seen the news that Amazon is seeking  to establish a second North American Headquarters location described as a full equal to their existing Seattle headquarters.

“Amazon HQ2 will be Amazon’s second headquarters in North America. We expect to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs – it will be a full equal to our current campus in Seattle. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.”

There will be much written in the hours, days, weeks and months to come on this subject including handicapping the favorite cities to be selected, where it should go and why and the impact it will have on the ultimate winner. What I find interesting is Amazon’s approach is that typically a uber high profile headquarters site selection is done in “stealth mode” with project code names, ultra secret meetings, confidentiality agreements and even diversionary tactics to stay one step ahead of the media.

Amazon took the entirely opposite approach and posted their RFP (Request for Proposal) on their website for the whole world to see and inviting city and state governments to get in the game. While I am sure when it get’s down to real final candidates much negotiation will take place behind closes doors, but like any good tenant rep does for his client, they create competition, because competition brings the best deal. Amazon is inviting everyone that meets their basic requirements to the dance in a very public way.

Does Austin, Dallas, Houston or San Antonio have a legitimate shot? This one will be fun to watch.

Amazon RFP for AmazonHQ2 by Coy Davidson on Scribd

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