From Chicago to Philadelphia to Tulsa, Okla., mayors across the country are lining up to be Amazon's second home.
Tech giant Amazon’s surprise announcement that it will open a second headquarters outside of Seattle has sent mayors around the country scrambling to be noticed.
They want to compete to be Amazon’s second home.
The company said the new headquarters will be “a full equal” to its Seattle campus, and is looking for a metropolitan area with at least 1 million residents and proximity to good universities and an airport less than 45 minutes away.
Even mayors whose cities don’t meet those specifications say they’re casting out for Amazon’s new headquarters on social media Thursday morning.
Mayor G.T. Bynum of Tulsa, Okla. — population 403,090 — posted a short, determined declaration on Facebook.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Rahm Emanuel has had several conversations with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos about bringing Amazon to Chicago.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced his desire to submit a proposal with a healthy dose of cheese and Amazon puns.
Others were short and to the point, like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mayor Bill Peduto.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said the Tennessee city could throw its hat in the ring.
Hartford, Conn., Mayor Luke Bronin encouraged his surrounding towns to “work together” to reach the population cutoff. While Hartford has a little more than 120,000 people, the greater Hartford area, including New Britain and West Hartford, has more than 1 million in population.
St. Louis County executive Steve Stenger said the county was assembling a team as well.