SACRAMENTO — Mayor Darrell Steinberg says he wants a second headquarters for Amazon to be in Sacramento.
The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth announced plans earlier in the day that it would find another North American city for a new headquarters. Its plan is for a site of up to 8 million square feet over the next 15 years or so, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.
Steinberg issued a statement early Thursday afternoon:
“I have an answer for Amazon – Sacramento. Our city and region are putting real energy into intentionally building and growing an innovative and well connected ecosystem unlike anywhere else in the country. We are about people, and we are pulling together our best and brightest from across the region to work together on a competitive plan for Amazon and are confident in the unique assets and abilities our region has to offer.”
According to Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, the project would most likely be regional because of its size.
Broome says they can offer Amazon a talent pool of workers coming out of the best educational systems in the world. Not just Sacramento State and UC Davis, but Berkeley, Stanford and USF.
Broome also says the buying power of California and the brand of California is enticing to Amazon. He said Sacramento is the best place in the state for it to happen.
He said the only negative is the reputation and reality around the state’s economic business climate.
A regional committee is already working to have a two-page plan together by Monday that includes competitive sites around the region. He said he expects five to eight sites to be identified by next week. He didn’t give a lot of specifics, but said sights in Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento and Sutter Counties all have places that can handle 8 million square feet. He did say the railyards is about the only urban site on the radar right now.
Sacramento Councilmember Angelique Ashby believes the Sleep Train Arena site in her Natomas district is the best choice, but said no matter what site in the region is eventually selected, it is important that everyone gets behind it.
The timeline on this project is about a month, as the final bids need to be submitted to Amazon by the second week of October.
Sacramento also has an Amazon fulfillment center, which is set to open soon.