Team preparing Pittsburgh’s bid for Amazon HQ2 seeks potential sites
The team putting together Pittsburgh’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters is looking for private developers and property owners to offer potential sites.
The team — Amazon HQ2 Team Pittsburgh or HQ2PGH for short — is asking interested developers to pledge to hold potential sites for the Amazon project and commit to partner on incentives to lure the Seattle-based company.
“We believe that Pittsburgh is an ideal location for Amazon HQ2, due to our competitive cost of living, infrastructure, proximity to universities, strong talent generation and retention, and overall quality of life,” the team wrote in its request for site submissions. “As a potential development partner with HQ2PGH, we encourage you to think big and be creative.”
Amazon sparked a continental competition among cities to court the company’s second headquarters. Landing the project could bring $5 billion in investment and as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.
The company is looking for about 500,000 square feet by 2019 and up to 8 million square feet in the future. The sites need to be within 30 miles of a population center, about 45 minutes from an airport, near major highways or roads and have access to mass transit, according to the company’s request for proposals .
“With the potential for 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars of investment on the line, we are looking for partners to present creative solutions that offer not only the best options for Amazon, but for our region,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
The city, county and its authorities control large plots of land, like the 28-acre site of the demolished Civic Arena and property at Pittsburgh International Airport, that have been mentioned as possible Amazon sites.
The team’s request for site submissions states that it will place preference on sites that could help spur investment in underserved neighborhoods.
“We’re looking for partners who share our desire to leverage this opportunity towards not only securing a significant investment and economic driver for the region, but helping to advance our goals of equity, inclusion, and broad economic growth,” Mayor Bill Peduto said in the statement.
Submissions should be sent to [email protected] . The deadline is 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.
Proposals are due to Amazon on Oct. 19.
Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected], 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.