Would Amazon consider Reno-Sparks for its new headquarters?

Seattle-based Amazon.com announced Thursday that they had plans to build a secondary North American headquarters, potentially opening up a continent-wide bidding war to be a second home for the online retailer.

“We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, in a press release issued by the company. “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.”

(Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)

(Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)

The state of Nevada has been aggressive in pursuing large projects, offering subsidies, tax breaks and other incentives to land corporate footprints for Apple, Tesla, Panasonic, Switch and Google, among others; putting the state in the running for Amazon’s latest project isn’t out of the question.

Amazon’s announcement may have Northern Nevada residents asking themselves: Will Reno-Sparks pursue Amazon’s $5 billion project? And for that matter, would we want it here?

Amazon’s wish list

Amazon’s press release included a bulleted list of conditions for its new home, known as Amazon HQ2:

“In choosing the location for HQ2, Amazon has a preference for:

Metropolitan areas with more than one million people
A stable and business-friendly environment
Urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent
Communities that think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options

“HQ2 could be, but does not have to be:

An urban or downtown campus
A similar layout to Amazon’s Seattle campus
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.”

Based on those requirements, how attractive would Northern Nevada be to Amazon?

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal (AP)

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