Amazon searching for second HQ

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Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby gfenn11 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:06 am

Just stumbled across this. I figured this would be the best place to post since we are all so passionate about getting another high-rise downtown. Well, here's our chance. Amazon is searching for the availability to add up to 8,000,000 sq/ft over 3 phases in construction. We have our connections so lets get city hall to submit an amazing response to this RFP showing how KC would be perfect for a few high-rises and up to 50,000 newly employed people. :D
https://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/?node=17044620011

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby geeman68 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:25 am

I tweeted this to KCMO and Sly James. Take note they say "North America" and not the United States.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby hartliss » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:47 am

Pipe dream for sure...competition will be fierce with city's dropping everything to lure this HQ. I am not sure we have the talent pool...

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Postby flyingember » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:48 am

It will end up being a larger suburb with more money than sense. Big cities have started to learn not to throw excessive incentives for businesses, it end up not working out. Like a lot of KC gains have been tied to incentives requiring new job creation while Overland Park pays for relocation directly.

This is football, but it shows this idea in play
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/californi ... 32257.html

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Postby pash » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:22 am

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby ldai_phs » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:46 am

Maybe B and M and JE Dunn can refocus their efforts on this after having lost the airport bid =P~

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby NorthOak » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:00 pm

The entire north loop of I-70 should be given to them and once built the city can call 6th street to 8th street "Amazonia."

Or what about that huge parcel in the east Crossroads just south of Hospital Hill?
Instant game-changer for KC, it would shock the world.
But KC could easily attract and absorb the 20-30K for the first phase of construction over the first 2 years.
One in a million odds.
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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby earthling » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:03 pm

The city should pitch locations along streetcar line, heavily emphasizing streetcar is free. The lots near 8th/Wyandotte are large enough for several hirises. And then can extend to North Loop if it makes sense.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby Riverite » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:06 pm

If we came up with a competent bid, even if Amazon didn't choose us it would show we are serious. Might convince another city to choose us

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby Riverite » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:06 pm

Sorry not city company

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby KCMOJoe89 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:07 pm

Wasn't Amazon one of the "big bang" possibilities quoted in the MARC study on the decommissioning the north loop?

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Postby JBmidtown » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:18 pm

The available land in the NoLo and East Village is already astronomically cheaper than anything they'll find in central business districts in the major North American cities. The problem is do we have the infrastructure in place they would want for their employees? Our public transit needs much more improvement and we've let the #nopus and DeJanes losers run the narrative here for too long. If KC wants to attract a massive game changer like this we need to play hardball and bury the rube antics of those NIMBYs.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby tower » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:24 pm

I hope that it at least goes to a city close to KC in size, but with better transit and infrastructure. That might wake some people up, show them that we need things like transit to attract these big companies like Amazon.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby loftguy » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:34 pm

KCMOJoe89 wrote:Wasn't Amazon one of the "big bang" possibilities quoted in the MARC study on the decommissioning the north loop?


yes

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby brewcrew1000 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:49 pm

PC Mag lists KC as #1 for locations to move its 2nd HQ
https://www.pcmag.com/news/356056/6-cit ... headquarte

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby kboish » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:50 pm

So every reporter and their brother have put together a list this afternoon of potential cities for Amazon to consider in their relocation effort. KC is not on most of them. It is however on this one

The only downside listed?

The city has terrific internet connectivity, it has been nurturing tech startups in the Crossroads neighborhood, land is affordable, the airport has nonstop flights to all the right places, and the local government has a very pro-tech stance. Kansas City's primary downside is its lack of international flights. "Kansas City International Airport" holds its title because of flights to Toronto and Cancun, which isn't the globe-spanning range Amazon wants.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby KCMOJoe89 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:00 pm

loftguy wrote:
KCMOJoe89 wrote:Wasn't Amazon one of the "big bang" possibilities quoted in the MARC study on the decommissioning the north loop?


yes


So how long would it take to shut down the north loop and open it for development? I wouldn't think in time for Amazon to start construction next year given all of the political/development hurdles? Or maybe the state and city see the benefit and fast track the process.

East Village is probable the most "site ready" location. Or they could get cool and develop the West Bottoms, blending new construction with the existing stock of buildings :D

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby brewcrew1000 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:03 pm

kboish wrote:So every reporter and their brother have put together a list this afternoon of potential cities for Amazon to consider in their relocation effort. KC is not on most of them. It is however on this one

The only downside listed?

The city has terrific internet connectivity, it has been nurturing tech startups in the Crossroads neighborhood, land is affordable, the airport has nonstop flights to all the right places, and the local government has a very pro-tech stance. Kansas City's primary downside is its lack of international flights. "Kansas City International Airport" holds its title because of flights to Toronto and Cancun, which isn't the globe-spanning range Amazon wants.


What have other people been saying? I honestly think Detroit is a perfect location. Dan Gilbert owns a lot of downtown detroit so Amazon might only have to deal with one land owner

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby earthling » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:05 pm

brewcrew1000 wrote:PC Mag lists KC as #1 for locations to move its 2nd HQ
https://www.pcmag.com/news/356056/6-cit ... headquarte


Didn't expect that. Hurricane Jose has a better chance to hit Florida (following Irma) than KC getting this. But if international flights aren't heavily weighted, maybe KC gets on the short list.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby flyingember » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:11 pm

Amazon is going to locate somewhere with lots of logistics experience. They use technology for AWS and such but still will need people that understand how to move packages around. They're opening an airline, so they need to build the technical ability to support this business.

So any cities that has a strong overlap between IT and logistics would seem to be a strong contender.


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