As cities around the United States compete to lure Amazon's second headquarters campus, lawmakers in one Georgia city are offering to rename the town "Amazon" if the e-commerce giant builds there.
Amazon, Georgia doesn't quite have the same ring as say, Toyota City - headquarters to Toyota Motors in Japan - but it definitely makes for a unique (if desperate) offer. The announcement quickly spurred proposals from cities throughout the nation, among them being Stonecrest, Georgia.
On Monday, the city council made a decision to de-annex 345 acres of land if they are chosen for the project site. "How could you not want your 21st Century headquarters to be located in a city named Amazon?".
Stonecrest's economic development officials said any additional acreage could be used for mixed use development and the city of Amazon might include surrounding neighborhoods.More news: Legendary rock icon Tom Petty dead at age 66
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"There have been many efforts to handicap the race for HQ2, but few have taken seriously what Amazon and other corporate headquarters really value in a potential site", the report reads.
Part of the company's appeal that has cities from coast to coast pitching themselves as the best location for "HQ2" is the promise to invest over $5 billion in construction and bring up to 50,000 jobs with average salaries over $100,000 per year. Among those requirements is close proximity to an worldwide airport, as well as a high quality of living. Lary said the city would then ask the Legislature for guidance on any further legislative action needed for the creation of the city of Amazon.
With the RFP deadline of October 19 looming, Stonecrest probably won't be the last city to make a insane play for HQ2.
Stonecrest's 53,000 residents voted to incorporate on November 8, 2016 and it officially became a city on January 1, 2017.