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St. Joseph Business Leaders Watching KC Interest in Amazon

While St. Joseph doesn't fall within the criteria of landing the new Amazon corporate headquarters, community leaders are paying close attention to Kansas City's recruitment efforts.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2017 9:10 PM
Updated: Oct. 19, 2017 10:42 AM

Amazon's announcement that it would be looking for a location for a new headquarters has drawn interest from city's across the country.

While St. Joseph doesn't fall within the criteria of landing the corporate giant, community leaders are paying close attention to Kansas City's recruitment efforts of the company.

Some hope that if Kansas City were selected, St. Joseph would become a bedroom community to at least some of the employees that Amazon would hire.

"Typically, the young, creative, the millennials that are looking for perhaps older, historic housing," said Brad Lau, vice president for the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce. "We have quite a bit of that that is affordable. It offers opportunities for someone to come in and renovate a house where they wouldn't have an opportunity in other locations."

The company says they are looking nationwide for a new $5 billion headquarters that would be paired with its current Seattle facility.

Company executives say they are looking for a community with

Amazon says its "HQ2" project would involve high-paying jobs and would employ up to 50,000 people.

The deadline for city's to submit a proposal is October 19th. No word yet on when a decision will be made.

 

 

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