Western WA leaders bid for second Amazon headquarters

Amazon says it plans to hire 30,000 part-time workers in then next year. Getty photo
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Leaders in King and Snohomish Counties announced a joint bid Thursday to house Amazon’s second headquarters.

The bid, led by King County Executive Dow Constantine and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, includes sites in Arlington/Marysville, Bellevue, Bothell, Everett, Kenmore, Renton, Lynnwood, Tukwila, or the Tulalip Tribes.

"Our region has the best workforce, highest quality of life, and all the infrastructure that any major company or small business could want,” Somers said in a statement.

Individual cities or groups could include incentives, such as faster permitting or worker training grants, in their proposal.

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“This is not just about Amazon and its need to expand,” Constantine said in a statement. “This is about fostering an environment that helps us attract, retain, and grow great businesses. Our job, every day, is to go toe-to-toe with any metropolitan area in the nation and the world – and win."

Dubbed “HQ2,” Amazon announced last month it wanted to set up shop in a second city in North America.

Several other Pacific Northwest cities are also planning to file bids to house Amazon’s second headquarters, including Tacoma, Spokane, and Portland, Ore.