Just about every city in North America wants to be home to Amazon's second headquarters.
Amazon received a whopping 238 proposals from 54 different parts of the North American continent, including from Mexico, Canada, and just about every state in the U.S., all vying to be Amazon's next home base—and the $5 billion of investment that comes with it.
Will any of that work? Probably not. Amazon laid out a pretty serious list of needs for its new headquarters, including an international airport and public transportation. Then there's the incentives. Amazon is expecting tax breaks for its investment. Newark is offering $7 billion in tax incentives to Amazon.
Amazon's investment is going to be big. Amazon is claiming its HQ alone will have 50,000 high-paying jobs. The company also said it expects its total investment to be around $5 billion. Amazon claims its first headquarters in Seattle resulted in a $38 billion-addition to the city's economy.
But offering huge incentives doesn't mean Amazon's second headquarters totally risk free for cities. Giving major breaks to attract company investment can backfire if cities end up incurring costs that outpace tax revenue.
One bone to pick with Amazon though. That number should be 239. Amazon clearly did not count Mashable's own application for the company's second headquarters.