As Amazon searches for a site to locate its second headquarters, officials from across the nation and Canada, including the Greater Lehigh Valley, are hoping to attract the online retail giant.
Among the hopefuls is the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp., which sent a request for proposal to Amazon in time for the company’s deadline of today, an official of the LVEDC confirmed.
LVEDC said Amazon put out a call for proposals for a second headquarters that it said would be the “full equal” to its Seattle campus, which has 33 buildings, 8.1 million square feet and employs more than 40,000 people.
Amazon, which already has several large warehouse and distribution centers in Lehigh and Northampton counties, accepted proposals from only cities or regional development organizations in North America.
“The competition for this prospect will be fierce,” Don Cunningham, president and CEO of the LVEDC, said earlier. “But there is no reason that the Lehigh Valley shouldn’t compete for it.
“With our economic assets, quality of life and location, we would make a perfect additional home for Amazon’s offices.”