Municipal leaders in Milwaukee will attempt to persuade executives at the online retailing giant Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) that the city would make an ideal home for its second headquarters, or HQ2, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Earlier this month, the Seattle-based e-commerce company issued a request for proposals to cities across North America; they’ll bid to attract the up-to-50,000 high-paying tech jobs that Amazon says a second headquarters would create.
In its request for proposals, Amazon said that ideal sites would be easily accessible by plane, rail, and automobile. As Wisconsin’s most populous city, Milwaukee’s transportation network would likely make it the Badger State’s best candidate to land Amazon’s HQ2. However, there are far fewer flights coming in and out of Milwaukee each day compared to Chicago, Denver, Detroit, and other cities that have been mentioned as potentially good fits for HQ2. And it’s not clear whether Wisconsin would be able to match or exceed the tax credits and other incentives other states are likely to offer Amazon after the state agreed to grant Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn $3 billion in incentives over 15 years for an electronics display plant in the state. Read the full story here.