San Diego Puts Its Hat In the Ring With Amazon

Which City Will Nab Amazon's HQ2? Bisnow Analyzes The Best Options

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has directed the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. to develop a regional response to Amazon’s RFP for HQ2. A statement from the mayor’s office cited San Diego’s geographic proximity to international markets, unparalleled quality of life and well-educated, tech-savvy talent pool. San Diego County has 11 universities and four-year colleges, including three major universities and two law schools, as well as 13 two-year colleges. Real estate consultant Gary London, of London Group Realty Advisors, said the city could accommodate an Amazon headquarters in downtown, which has 80 developable blocks available, or at the 166-acre Qualcomm site in Mission Valley. — Patricia Kirk

SOURCE(S): Mayor Kevin Faulconer; Gary London, London Group Realty Advisors
INCENTIVES: Access to international markets and space to build
CHALLENGES: West Coast, high cost of living San Diego

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