El Paso drafting proposal to bring Amazon's New HQ

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Attempts to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to El Paso are underway.

City leaders said Wednesday they’re submitting a proposal for Amazon.

"Our region won't take a backseat to anyone. El Paso should set its sights on big, ambitious projects that are reflective of the talented, ambitious people in our community. We are a competitive, smart choice for Amazon," said Mayor Dee Margo.

The company recently announced it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees.

Margo and Borderplex CEO Jon Barela are behind the proposal with the help of area civic and business leaders.

Amazon wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade. That's about the same size as its current home in Seattle, which has 33 buildings, 23 restaurants and houses 40,000 employees.

"No doubt El Paso has been thought of as an underdog in the past, but in the last decade, Fortune 500 companies have entered the marketplace successfully, finding a hardworking and innovative workforce and great partnerships with PK-12 and higher education institutions. This region is the best-kept secret in business, it's time to change that," said Barela.

Cities have until Oct. 19 to submit its proposals through a special website. It’s expected that Amazon will make a decision next year.

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