Bidding frenzy for Amazon’s “HQ2”, 50,000 jobs

(NYDAILYNEWS) The fight is on to lure Amazon’s second headquarters — and 50,000 jobs — to one U.S. city. Tuesday is the second of four days in which cities can submit proposals for the sprawling HQ.

Amazon last month said it was looking to spend up to $5 billion to build its so-called “HQ2,” a facility that’d run in tandem with its Seattle-based headquarters. With it would come 50,000 quality jobs that paid on average $100,000 per year.

Big cities like Chicago and Newark have already submitted bids, hoping to attract the prospective jobs and the economic activity that will follow.

New York has indicated several sites are an option and is considered in the top 10 of finalists.

The city might have some regional competition, however. New Jersey submitted its official bid Monday, putting forth Newark as a potential site for HQ2.

Gov. Chris Christie said Amazon would get a whopping $7 billion in tax breaks should it select Newark. The low-rated governor and other state officials noted Newark has several colleges, plus access to mass transportation.

That’s similar to what Illinois politicians said, as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner submitted a bid for Chicago on Monday. The Illinois pols declined to indicate what site it put forward, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Topping the list was Austin, followed by Atlanta, Philadelphia, Rochester and Pittsburgh. The New York metropolitan area ranked sixth.

But not everyone is ready to check out on an Amazon bid in the Big Apple.

A group of progressive leaders are worried about offering the tech giant too much out of New York in terms of tax breaks. A spokeswoman for Mayor de Blasio said the city’s more concerned about enticing Amazon through all it has to offer, not tax abatements.

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