New Billboards Tout the Lehigh Valley’s Amazon Second Headquarters Proposal
By Colin McEvoy on December 14, 2017
It has been two months since the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) submitted its bid for the Lehigh Valley to become the location for a second headquarters planned by Amazon.
The online retail giant is still in the process of choosing a final location, but LVEDC is not letting Amazon or the world forget about its application.
LVEDC has ordered billboards touting the Lehigh Valley as “The Prime Location for HQ2,” highlighting a few of the key reasons why the Lehigh Valley is the ideal location for a second Amazon headquarters.
“Simply put, we are the most affordable place in the most desirable market,” said Don Cunningham, LVEDC President and CEO. “The Lehigh Valley provides unparalleled access to the East Coast’s huge economic engine, as well as the community environment and quality of life that will make Amazon’s employees want to live and work here.”
The billboard, which was designed by Michelle Chrin, also includes a link to lehighvalley.org/HQ2, which includes more information about LVEDC’s Amazon proposal. The billboards can currently be found at various spots along Route 22.
Amazon announced in October that it had received 238 proposals from cities and regions in 54 states, provinces, districts, and territories across North America in response to its Request for Proposals (RFP) for a second headquarters.
The company has said its new headquarters will be a “full equal” to its current campus in Seattle, which totals 33 buildings and 8.1 million square feet, and employs more than 40,000 people.
The Lehigh Valley application touts the region’s central location, proximity to markets, well-developed infrastructure, available land, strong workforce, and other economic factors.
These are among the factors that have put the region in front of mind in the rapidly growing e-commerce industry in recent years, including a significant presence by Amazon itself.
The Lehigh Valley industrial market ranked second globally for growth over the past year, according to CBRE, behind only Seattle. Additionally, the region’s booming logistics and e-commerce sectors were also the subject of a front-page story by The New York Times in October.
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