City in Georgia offers to change its name to Amazon in bid for headquarters

City in Georgia offers to change its name to Amazon in bid for headquarters
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A city in Georgia has reportedly offered to change its name to Amazon in its bid to be the location of the company's new corporate headquarters.

“There are several major U.S. cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company,” said Jason Lary, the mayor of Stonecrest, Ga., according to Newsweek.

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“How could you not want your 21st century headquarters to be located in a city named Amazon?” he said.

Last month, Amazon posted a request for proposals from cities wanting to host what the company calls its second North American headquarters.

At that location, the company said it will employ up to 50,000 well-paid workers and invest more than $5 billion in construction.

Some officials around the country are going to great lengths to attract Amazon, as CNN has reported. Philadelphia, Pa., sent a team of developers and representatives to Seattle to get a sense of the company's culture. New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a new bill that, if passed, would offer the company $5 billion in tax breaks over the course of 20 years.

Other cities are being more creative. An economic development group from Tucson, Ariz., for instance, offered the company a 21-foot cactus as a gift. And Birmingham, Ala., planted several giant Amazon-style shipping boxes around the city to coincide with the mayor's official bid for the headquarters.

The development project would amount to billions of dollars in direct and indirect investment.