October 5, 2017
In an effort to lure Amazon to Georiga, a suburb of Atlanta has offered to give up a big chunk of acreage and allow the online shopping giant to rename it “Amazon.” After Amazon announced in September that it was seeking a second headquarters that would house 50,000 employees and be “co-equal” to its Seattle facility, dozens of U.S. cities began efforts to woo the U.S.’s largest retailer.
Stonecrest, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta has 345 acres it is willing to de-annex so it can be renamed to reflect the company (Amazon City? Amazonia?). Amazon’s stated criteria for “HQ2” include access to a metro area of at least one million, on-site mass transit, a commute of less than 45 minutes to an international airport, easy access to highways and more. While Stonecrest does not have all of those things, giving the company its own city may be a sweetener it cannot ignore.