Albuquerque to bid for Amazon’s new locale

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) -Thursday is the deadline in the battle to win over a tech giant. Cities from coast to coast are submitting proposals to be Amazon’s next home, and Albuquerque is hoping to be a top contender.

Duke City leaders have said they will submit a proposal but KRQE News 13 has yet to hear if that has officially happened.

Since Amazon started taking bids for a second headquarters, Albuquerque and state leaders have pointed out our 300-plus days of sunshine, the city’s nearly complete Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus line, our walkable downtown, and our vibrant and diverse population.

Mayor Richard Berry even tried to appeal to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s Albuquerque roots and has said we are the right fit.

Other cities battling to house the Seattle company include Austin, Texas, which announced Wednesday it had submitted a proposal. Experts there say it could be a top contender.

Kansas City looked to appeal to Amazon with a video. Meanwhile, Omaha city leaders are trying to attract the company by pointing to the Fortune 500 companies that already call it home, and its open space to build.

In Houston, they are highlighting their diversity and showing off potential plans. Other cities hoping to woo the tech giant are Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Chula Vista, California.

Amazon says a decision could be made sometime next year. It plans to invest $5 billion and hire 50,000 people.

The city issued the following statement regarding Albuquerque’s efforts to get the Amazon bid.

Albuquerque has been strategically investing in our workforce, infrastructure and entrepreneurial ecosystem, laying the groundwork to attract transformational projects such as Amazon’s second headquarters. We’re ready for the opportunity, and our residents are excited about the prospect of Amazon’s phenomenal career opportunities. The City of Albuquerque is putting forth a proposal that demonstrates why our city should be a major contender for the project.

We’re proposing a few creative real estate solutions in different parts of Albuquerque that meet the company’s needs while aligning with the City’s long-term vision. For example, Amazon has expressed an interest in an urban center within close proximity to major public transportation and highways, and Downtown Albuquerque meets this criteria.

The City of Albuquerque currently has a Skyline competition underway for the tallest building in New Mexico on a City-owned site north of Civic Plaza. The winning proposal will include state-of-the-art office space and housing, parking, and flexibility for additional development – right in the heart of Albuquerque’s downtown, so it’s possible that this site could be put into play. Another component of the Downtown Albuquerque site proposal includes the historic Rail Yards property, an iconic complex made of glass and steel that could become one of the most amazing places to work in America. Future developments on the site call for 879,000 square feet of mixed-use buildings with office and cultural spaces as well as retail, light commercial facilities, and workforce housing. The Rail Yards’ location along the New Mexico Rail Runner line, connectivity to the Albuquerque Rapid Transit system and proximity to new developments such as Innovate ABQ make this a very attractive component of the downtown site.

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