Amazon HQ2 Portland area makes its pitch

first_imgThe Portland area on Thursday joined more than 150 North American cities in submitting their pitch to Amazon for its second headquarters.Regional economic development group Greater Portland Inc. crafted the proposal, which offered Amazon development sites in four locations. Portland, Clark County, Beaverton and Milwaukie each found a chunk of land it would set aside for Amazon.In addition, the pitch presented a “distributed campus concept,” with sites in all four locations.“We submitted one very fat document,” said Greater Portland spokesman Adam Newman.He declined to give any details about the specific locations, leaving that to the individual jurisdictions.In a statement, Greater Portland said it was proud of its proposal.“The submitted sites showcase that this region is willing, ready and able to partner with a developer, or employer, of Amazon’s scale.”Regardless, the City of Roses appears to be a long shot due to its proximity to Amazon’s home base in Seattle and its small size, which limits its ability to offer large tax incentives and reduces its pool of talented tech workers.In early September, the e-commerce giant announced it had outgrown its Seattle space and needed a second company headquarters, where it plans to employ as many as 50,000. The retailer said it plans to invest $5 billion in construction alone for the new site, which it’s calling Amazon HQ2.Amazon has no shortage of suitors, with cities — at times in painfully pun-laden language — attempting to woo the company with tax incentives, shovel-ready development sites and, in one case, a brand-new bullet train. Toronto’s proposal included a signed letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extolling Canada’s virtues.Possible sites• PORTLANDThough it’s not clear which suburban Portland sites are being offered to Amazon, the Portland Tribune reported that the city is pitching the former U.S. Post Office site in the Pearl District.last_img