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LVEDC submits bid for Amazon HQ2

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Amazon corporate headquarters in Seattle. The Lehigh Valley has made a pitch to become a second home for the e-commerce giant. (Photo/D. Newman)
Amazon corporate headquarters in Seattle. The Lehigh Valley has made a pitch to become a second home for the e-commerce giant. (Photo/D. Newman)

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.”

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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