Even Puerto Rico is making a bid for Amazon HQ2.
The U.S. territory that is still struggling to recover from a devastating hurricane has submitted a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. Bloomberg reported this weekend that Puerto Rican officials sent their proposal to Amazon for a potential HQ2 to be built on a former naval station in the northeastern municipality of Ceiba.
Much of Puerto Rico is still without electricity, food, or water more than a month after Hurricane Maria made direct landfall.
Bloomberg notes that the “vulnerability” of the country’s energy grid could be one reason Amazon decides not to establish an HQ2 in Puerto Rico, which is also dealing with a debt crisis.
Amazon just finished accepting applications for its new headquarters, which will be a “full equal” to its current HQ in Seattle. Amazon says HQ2 will bring 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment to the city that it ultimately picks.
Amazon first announced its HQ2 intentions last month; since then, seemingly every big city in North America has rallied its economic development teams to help convince the tech giant to bring HQ2 to their region. Amazon is looking for a metro area with more than 1 million people, quality transit options, and incentives from local governments.