Amazon could eye Las Vegas for second headquarters

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - They sell you everything from books to bluetooths, from car accessories to computers. And now, the online giant, based in Seattle could bring more jobs right here to Las Vegas.

Janine Rondolet, who lives in las Vegas said Amazon would be a great neighbor. “I think it's a great idea, great jobs, great for the economy, brings more people to Las Vegas, more people buying homes."

The e-commerce company on Thursday announced plans to open a second 
North-American headquarters. Las Vegas is in the running to play host to the new home.

"It would be tremendous," said 13 Action News financial analyst Steve Budin. “It would bring a nice amount of economic diversification to Las Vegas."

Amazon would invest $5-billion in construction. Budin said that would bring the valley an economic shot in the arm. "If you take that formula to Las Vegas and you talk about a multi-billion dollar project, it'll bring multi-billions into the Las Vegas economy."

Amazon said it would generate 50,000 high-paying jobs.
    
Budin said, however, "the majority of those jobs are going to be in the warehouses. and those generally are not higher paying jobs."

The keys to landing a big fish like are proximity to major airports and highways universities along with public transportation, pitting Las Vegas against some stiff competition. Several other cities, including New York, Chicago and Minneapolis are also expected to submit bids. 

"If Las Vegas sells its strength, it's climate, it's infrastructure, access to the highways, we can compete against some of those older cities."

Steve Hill, Executive Director with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development said. “We have a very solid relationship with Amazon and will work with (Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance) and all stakeholders in the Las Vegas area on a response to the (request for proposal)."


 

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