Newark makes short list for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters

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Amazon has announced that Newark could be the new location for the company’s second headquarters.

The company announced Thursday a list of 20 cities that are in the running for the new location. Newark officials celebrated the announcement at City Hall.

“I don’t want to sound smug, but we’re here because we expected to here and we deserve to be here,” said Aisha Glover with Newark Community Economic Development Corp.

The new location could bring as many as 50,000 jobs to New Jersey.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said that the city has everything Amazon needs. This includes lots of space, 20 miles of underground fiber, 60,000 college students and educators and transportation access.

"I said good luck to everybody but Newark is where Amazon should absolutely be,” Baraka said.

RELATED: New Jersey approves billions in tax credits to lure Amazon

The new headquarters is projected to be 8 million square feet but can be built in phases.  The company would need a space that spans 500,000 square feet by 2019. Newark officials said that this could be in existing places downtown like the Gateway Center.
"Most of those, they're pretty much move-in ready but ultimately the four sites will give them access to [audiobook company] Audible. It'll give them access to the universities. It can give them riverfront views. It can give them walking distance from a major transit hub,” Glover said.
Baraka also said that this is a chance for Amazon to take part in turning around a once-struggling city.
"Be a part of fashioning and forming an American story of a Newark city that's been 50 years in the making,” he said.
New Jersey is currently home to 10 Amazon facilities, the largest of which is 1 million square feet in Carteret.
Baraka said that the city will go on a major media blitz in order to convince Amazon to move to Newark.
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