Baltimore submits city as a contender for Amazon’s 2nd HQ search

Baltimore submitted the city as a contender for Amazon’s second North American Headquarters.

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Baltimore Development Corporation President William H. Cole announced the news Thursday, according to a press release from Baltimore City.

I’ve already met with Bill Cole and we are excited by Amazon’s latest announcement and will pursue this opportunity aggressively to make a compelling case for Baltimore City as its second headquarter location.

— Mayor Pugh

Baltimore’s strategic location in the Mid-Atlantic and its accessibility via highway, rail, port and air, make us a great fit for Amazon’s second headquarters. Also, we’ve worked with Amazon in the past when they opened their distribution center and they know that we can be a good partner.

— President & CEO of BDC William H. Cole

A top location pick is Port Covington. The current industrial area is owned by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Amazon projects this project will bring 50,000 new jobs to the new headquarters, says Amazon’s press release. The internet mogul will invest over $5 billion on construction to bring the new headquarters on par with its first headquarters in Seattle.

Amazon’s investments in Seattle have resulted in an additional $38 billion into the economy from 2010-2017. The current headquarters has 33 buildings, 8.1 million square feet, over 40,000 employees, and 24 restaurants.

Just a few cities submitting bids are Los Angeles, Chicago, Nashville, Dallas, Toronto, Kansas City, and Atlanta.

Check back for continuing coverage of the Baltimore bid for Amazon’s 2nd HQ.

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Links to sources:

Amazon’s Press Release

City of Baltimore Press Release

The Baltimore Sun Article