The Second City

Amazon is searching for new headquarters, and L.A. wants to be in the running

Amazon is searching for new headquarters, and L.A. wants to be in the running

Amazon.com is shopping for a city to house a second headquarters — and mayors across the country already are lining up to bid on the crown-jewel prize.

The online retailing giant’s new campus would deliver an economic boost well beyond the $5 billion in construction costs and 50,000 jobs anticipated at Amazon’s “HQ2.” Not only would Amazon’s direct spending at its future second home be the stuff of city planner dreams, but there’s also the indirect benefit created by spawning more business for suppliers, nearby vendors and others.

It would be particularly rewarding for Los Angeles, which has suffered an exodus of corporate headquarters in the last two decades because of the...

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