Georgia City Proposes Naming New City Amazon Prior to “HQ2” Bid
City officials in Stonecrest, GA, a town 20 miles east of Atlanta with a population of about 53,000, have gone to new heights in an effort to lure Seattle-based Amazon’s second headquarters to the Atlanta metro area: name a new city after the company.
The Stonecrest City Council voted 4-2 on Monday to de-annex 345 acres of land and plans to rename the newly formed city Amazon, Georgia if the e-commerce giant builds its new “HQ2” there, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary asked how Amazon could not want its new 21st century headquarters to be in a city named Amazon.
“There are several major U.S. cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company,” Lary told the AJC.
Amazon has said it will spend more than $5 billion to build a second headquarters in North America with as many as 50,000 jobs.
The company is looking to locate HQ2 in an American metropolitan area of at least one million people in order to attract a sufficient amount of technical talent.
Stonecrest officials plan to submit a bid by Amazon’s Oct. 19 deadline. The company will make its decision next year.