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Amazon opens search for second North American HQ
Amazon announced on Thursday that it will begin looking for a location for a second headquarters in North America.
The $474 billion company said that it would entertain proposals from cities looking to host what CEO Jeff Bezos is calling "HQ2."
"We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters," Bezos said in a statement. "Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. We're excited to find a second home."
Amazon says it plans to invest over $5 billion in construction and expects HQ2 to host more than 50,000 employees. The company adds that it is looking for a metropolitan location with more than a million people that's a "business-friendly environment."
Amazon also said it prefers communities "that think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options" and would like a "development-prepped site."
"We want to encourage states and communities to think creatively for viable real estate options, while not negatively affecting our preferred timeline," the announcement reads.
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), whose Silicon Valley district is home to a number of other tech giants, said in a series of tweets Thursday that Amazon should not let itself be wooed by communities offering big tax breaks.
An Amazon spokesman was not immediately available to respond to Khanna's tweets.