Last September online retail giant Amazon announced it was looking for a new site to build a second headquarters that would involve a $5 billion investment and could generate 50,000 new jobs.
This attracted the attention of more than 100 cities in the United States and Canada. Several metropolitan areas of the country such as Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Philadelphia and South Florida are competing to become Amazon HQ2.
One city aspiring to offer its residents a boost to the economy is Doral. MayorJuan Carlos Bermúdez talked to Diario Las Americas about the potential of the city becoming the second headquarters of Amazon as well as all the work that is jointly being carried out by several cities and county governments in search of reaching that goal.
Here are the reasons Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez gave to Diario Las Americas on why he thinks Doral should be selected as the Amazon HQ2 city :
- Codina Partners has created an urban core called Downtown Doral that can immediately serve as a fully integrated campus for Amazon HQ2.
- Amazon HQ2 employees will enjoy Class A office space as well as integrated dining, entertainment, housing, shopping, health and leisure services just outside their office doors.
- Downtown Doral has half a dozen ready-to-build sites with transit options and proper infrastructure.
- The city of Doral is an excellent destination for shopping, with renowned restaurants and world-class recreational facilities. Additionally, Amazon employees would be just minutes away from everything the “Big Miami” has to offer, from its well-known beaches and national parks to sporting and entertainment venues.
- The developer will only need to submit the site and approval of building permits. This will reduce approvals of the development program for more than eight months.
- The proximity of Doral to Miami International Airport (less than a mile) and borders consisting of three main roads [SR 826 (east), SR 836 (south) and Florida Turnpike (west) privileged location for any business.
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