Philly, Pittsburgh to make pitches to be Amazon's 2nd home

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 8, 2017 6:23 AM

FILE PHOTO:  - The Amazon logo is displayed at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square.. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia and Pittsburgh plan to make pitches to be Amazon's second home.

Philadelphia's Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney says the city would be a "prime" location.

Kevin Acklin, chief of staff to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, says Pittsburgh is "uniquely positioned to submit a winning bid."

Seattle-based Amazon says it will be spending over $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees.

It wants to be near a metro area with more than a million people, have direct access to mass transit and be within 45 minutes of an international airport. It also wants a lot of room to grow and be able to attract top technical talent.

An Allegheny county executive says Pittsburgh's affordability and local talent put it in a good positon.

A city spokeswoman says Philadelphia's rapidly growing millennial talent pool makes it a great fit.

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