Mayor to head to Seattle ahead of Amazon HQ2 bid
Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:49PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 14, 2017 7:02PM EDT
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson will head to Seattle next week to tour Amazon’s headquarters.
The trip comes as a task force works to come up with a proposal showcasing why Ottawa should be the home of the online retail giant’s second headquarters, HQ2.
“We have the talent pool here, we have the high-tech sector that is booming, quality of life is second to none,” said Watson.
Ottawa is one of dozens of cities across North America submitting a bid for the headquarters that would bring an investment of about $5 billion U.S. and create 50,000 jobs.
Bids are due Oct. 19. Amazon could then take about a year to go through all the applications.