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News » Canada » Winnipeg seeks to become home to new Amazon HQ » published 13 Sep 2017

Winnipeg seeks to become home to new Amazon HQ

Manitoba premier Brian Pallister is urging a ‘Team Manitoba’ effort to encourage Amazon to choose Winnipeg as the site of the company's second North American headquarters.

The Seattle-based company announced earlier this month that it is seeking proposals for a site in North America to be home of what it calls HQ2 (link opens in new tab). Amazon says it will invest US$5bn to develop the new site, which will house as many as 50,000 workers in more than eight million square feet of space within a decade. The site will be a “full equal” to the company’s current Seattle headquarters. “Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.

Pallister said that Manitoba will be working hard to be the home of HQ2. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Winnipeg and Manitoba,” he said.  “With our central location in North America, our transportation infrastructure, our well-educated workforce, our plentiful green energy and the lowest cost of doing business in the continent, Winnipeg is the best choice to be the home of Amazon’s HQ2.  I have reached out to Mayor Brian Bowman and look forward to working with him, the business community and all other stakeholders to make this great opportunity a reality.”

Bowman added: “Winnipeg’s geographic position in the centre of the country, history as a multi-modal hub, and advanced technology and manufacturing expertise makes it the perfect location for Amazon.  By partnering with the province and key stakeholders in the economic community, we will present a unified proposal for this significant opportunity.”

“This will be a Team Manitoba effort!” said Pallister.

 

MPU

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This article was published on 13 Sep 2017 (last updated on 13 Sep 2017).

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