The Orlando Economic Partnership is building a strong case for why this region is the best location for Amazon’s HQ2. Using the compelling “Orlando. You don’t know the half of it.” brand, the Partnership is highlighting the assets and strengths of the region; assets that include strong infrastructure with rail, road, air and sea connectivity along with the plentiful pipeline of talent with more than 500,000 students enrolled within a 100-mile radius of the city. Orlando's culture of innovation, inclusiveness and commitment to sustainability, key corporate values for Amazon, also strengthen Orlando's case.
The size and scale of this project is unlike anything seen in the U.S. in recent memory. More than 100 cities have already indicated they intend to submit a proposal and many more are expected. The company plans to hire as many as 50,000 new, full-time employees in 10-15 years with average annual total compensation exceeding $100,000. The project is expected to have over $5 billion in capital expenditures. Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city’s economy.
"The public nature of Amazon’s RFP has many around the nation buzzing about 'who will land this mega-project.'” said Orlando Economic Partnership President and CEO Tim Giuliani. "Here in Orlando, interest is at an especially heightened level because of recent announcements from KPMG, Verizon, Deloitte, ADP and others coming to Central Florida for many of the same attributes that Amazon is looking for."
The Partnership is identifying the best sites and communicating with partners including local businesses, governments, educational partners and others. Key community leaders with experience in national and international bidding competitions are also assisting and leveraging the success of Orlando's tourism and sports industries to bolster our bid for Amazon HQ2.
Amazon is about to learn why Orlando is a great place to visit AND a great place for business.