Amazon made news this morning, announcing plans to expand with a second North American headquarters. Amazon expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and create approximately 50,000 high paying jobs.
Dear Amazon, build it here in Pittsburgh!
Our mayor is already on it, saying the city is drafting a proposal as we speek.
"We have been working all morning on plans," said Kevin Acklin, Mayor Bill Peduto's chief of staff and chief operating officer, adding that the Mayor's Office would provide more details later in the day.
The mayor's office later said it has strategy sessions planned for Friday and early next week. The city has been working with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, the county Economic Development Department and the city's corporate, university and foundation communities on a plan.
"With an unmatched portfolio of technological talent and intriguing development parcels, Pittsburgh is uniquely positioned to submit a winning bid for Amazon's facility. This is a transformational opportunity unlike any that we've ever seen," Peduto said in a statement.
Pittsburghers appear to be on board...
Might I recommend #Pittsburgh, PA? Good airports, good highways (after construction season), and a good workforce. We would welcome you.— Darin Janeczko (@DarinJaneczko) September 7, 2017
Based on nothing I bet Amazon's new HQ will be in Pittsburgh— Laser Dolphin Cobra (@SilentOatmeal) September 7, 2017