Louis leaders making 'competitive proposal' for $5 billion Amazon St. Louis headquarters

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Competitive cities should be attractive metropolitan areas with populations greater than one million and capable of supporting "a stable and business-friendly environment", CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. At the second headquarters, Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees over the next 15 years who would have an average pay of more than $100,000 a year. This allows state and local government leaders to contact the company and suggest sites for the second headquarter's location.

In a public request for proposals released Thursday, Amazon said it expects to invest $5 billion in the project that, when completed, could span up to 8 million square feet and employ 50,000 people.

Amazon was incorporated in 1994 in Seattle, and made its first online book sale in July 1995, with Bezos personally mailing packages to customers in the early days.

Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, is expanding rapidly and also has been opening fulfillment centers across the US and the globe as it broadens its offerings from books and toys to groceries.

They don't know exactly when or where yet, but Amazon does know that it will open a second headquarters in North America.

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Amazon's Seattle office houses over 40,000, and numerous jobs for Amazon's second home will be new hires, according to Thursday's statement.

Amazon now employs more than 380,000 workers around the world. The company expects that employees who are now working in HQ1 can choose to continue working there, or they could have an opportunity to move if they would prefer to be located in HQ2. The site doesn't have to be downtown, and doesn't even need to be ready for development - as long as it can be prepared quickly.

Amazon is accepting proposals through October 19.

Amazon already has thousands of employees in Boston, including at Amazon Robotics in North Reading, an office in Cambridge, and a fulfillment center in Fall River.

Amazon is likely looking outside of its native state of Washington because many Silicon Valley companies have since expanded into the state so there is tremendous competition for talented employees, Thomson noted.