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Missouri’s major cities expected to compete for Amazon headquarters project

Cities across the nation are all gearing up in an attempt to be chosen as the next site for a second Amazon headquarters, and Missouri’s major cities are looking to make strong bids in the competition.

The e-commerce company announced on Thursday that it would be opening up requests for proposals for its $5 billion construction project, which is estimated to bring up to 50,000 jobs to whichever city is selected. The company has also promised $38 billion in economic growth potential for the second headquarters, which has been named “HQ2.”

The new location is expected to be a fully equivalent facility to that of the headquarters located in Seattle, which is a 33-building campus on 8.1 million square feet of space, housing more than 40,000 employees. The company’s next project is looking for a half-million square foot of space.

The average compensation for each new full-time employee is expected to exceed $100,000.

“We are on a mission to make Missouri a best-in-class state to do business. We’ve taken bold action, and we’re getting results. Now, Missouri can compete with any state in the nation to win quality jobs for Missouri families, and we compete for every job. This is an exciting opportunity, and we’re going to fight to win,” Governor Eric Greitens said.

Read more from The Missouri Times here. 

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