Georgia city to rename itself ‘Amazon’ if the e-commerce giant brings new HQ

Lawmakers in Stonecrest– a city in the US state of Georgia, said they would change the name of their city if the e-commerce giant Amazon moves its new headquarters there.

Amazon announced recently it will search for a location to build its second U.S. headquarters.

In addition to agreeing to rename the city, Stonecrest’s city council voted to de-annex 345 acres of land, which is almost double the 175 acres Amazon says it would need for the new campus, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

“There are several major U.S. cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company,” said Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary. “How could you not want your 21st century headquarters to be located in a city named Amazon?”

Last month, Amazon posted a request for proposals from cities wanting to host what the company calls its second North American headquarters.

At that location, the company said it will employ up to 50,000 well-paid workers ($100,000/year and above salary) and invest more than $5 billion in construction.

In addition to the land, Amazon has said it is looking for a location that is close to an international airport and accessible through public transit. Stonecrest is less than 30 miles from Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport and Lary said it would be possible to extend rail service if Amazon chooses his city.

“We have all of those qualities as well with [Metro Atlanta Rail Transit Authority] rail planned to our community, interstate improvements under way and a highly-educated work force eager to see the company locate here,” Lary said, according to WXIA.

The new Amazon headquarter’s plans have led many cities to pitch themselves to the tech company, including Gary, Indiana. which bought a full-page ad in The New York Times, and Washington, D.C., which produced a 90 second promotional video.

According to a CNN report, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sent a team of developers and representatives to Seattle to get a sense of the company’s culture. New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a new bill that, if passed, would offer the company $5 billion in tax breaks over the course of 20 years.

Cities have until Oct. 19 to send in their pitches to Amazon.

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