The announcement seems like it's amplified a lot of complicated existing feelings about the online giant and the effect the company's growth has had on the city's fabric.
Now, the Lehigh Valley is hoping for a white-collar Amazon workforce.
Washington, D.C.: "Mayor Bowser has directed us to pursue every opportunity to expand employment in the District, and we have already reviewed Amazon's search for a second headquarters", a spokesperson for D.C.'s deputy mayor for planning and economic development told the Washington Business Journal.
Amazon.com launched a nationwide search Thursday for a place to plant a second headquarters, and its ideal spot sounds a lot like the Bay Area: a metropolitan region with plenty of public transit, an worldwide airport, good universities and strong allure for technical talent.
In explaining why it was holding a public process, Amazon said on its site that it wanted "to find a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit". Its worldwide airport is home to a FedEx hub and has the best rail and river infrastructure around, according to officials there. The site should, however, be within 2 miles of a major highway and have access to mass transit.
"A development-prepped site. We want to encourage states and communities to think creatively for viable real estate options, while not negatively affecting our preferred timeline".
Amazon said in its request for proposals that it would make a decision next year.
Weber, whose organization focuses on growing the area tech scene, said Kansas City's location is its top selling point.
Amazon has already invested a lot of money in metro Detroit, planning to build a fulfillment center in MI that is creating more than 1,500 jobs. We do it through our higher education system, which is outstanding, we do it through 30 federal research labs that are located in Colorado. "What we're about to see is a textbook auction for tax breaks".
But some say opening a sprawling new headquarters could help the tech giant win over local lawmakers. He added that if Amazon were to choose a location represented by both Democrats and Republicans, "they would be creating friends in Congress in both parties".
"I look forward to engaging with partners throughout the region to compete for the 50,000 jobs Amazon will create with its new headquarters", said Coleman, a Democrat running for governor.
"Seattleites, reflecting a paucity of ambition that has become endemic to coastal American cities, have convinced themselves that their city is somehow tapped out of potential growth", Yglesias wrote.
In cities across the country, people will look around and think about where they would put 50,000 tech workers, whether in enormous old buildings or brand-new construction. "It's choking on dastardly Amazon's determination to lease office space and employ people who, in turn, demand houses and other local services". On the other hand, it has already announced the total cost theory for this new complex: $ 5 billion.
Earlier this year the city announced a pilot partnership with Starship Technologies, an autonomous personal delivery device technology company, and is host to GoMentum station, the nation's largest closed autonomous vehicles test track.