A Home For Amazon
County Executive Baker Makes Pitch for New Amazon HQ in Prince George’s
With Amazon’s recent quest for expansion, Prince George’s County leadership is throwing its hat in the ring in the national competition for Amazon’s new North American headquarters.
According to County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and David Ianucci, deputy chief administrative officer for Economic Development, sites near the College Park, Greenbelt, and New Carrollton Metro stations, each offering between 100 to 300 acres for development, meet Amazon’s requirements for their new HQ2 in Prince George’s County, Md.
When asked which incentives may be used to sway Amazon, Baker said, “We’re prepared to offer incentives, but we don’t really think incentives are what’s going to drive this.”
Baker went on to describe what Prince George’s County has to offer: choices as to available and accommodating development space; the county’s diversity, including the large number of women-owned businesses; the fact that major universities are located near the sites; proximity to Washington, D.C. Add to that all the latest developments and improvements in the area---including the upcoming Purple Line to Greenbelt’s transportation hub---and Prince George’s is a very viable destination for the international retail giant.
The new Amazon HQ2 could bring 50,000 new jobs to the area.