#Amazon2Vegas: Southern Nevada makes big pitch for HQ2 headquarters

LAS VEGAS - The deadline for Las Vegas to submitted its bid to become the next city where Amazon builds its second massive H2Q headquarters arrived Friday.  If Las Vegas is selected, the project will bring an estimated 50,000 jobs to the valley area.

"Las Vegas is a spectacular, fast-tracked city, built on hopes, dreams and a bit of moxy," the announcer said during the video presentation of Las Vegas' last push.  "Our business community believes that there are no boundaries; anything is possible." 

The video presentation was produced by the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, accompanying the valley's bid.

"This is a big deal, said Jonas Peterson, President, CEO, LVGEA.  "The proposal was our chance to speak with one voice." 

Peterson says the state's low taxes and less regulation, along with a good quality of life, make Nevada, and Las Vegas, in particular, an attractive place. 

"Nevada right now is the fastest jobs producing-state in the country because companies want to relocate here," Peterson said.

Las Vegas has 56,000 businesses and is home to nearly a million members of the workforce.

Amazon would add 50-thousand jobs to that number.  Brookings Mountain West Director Robert Lang says there's room for the workforce to grow whether new employees come from within or from out-of-state.

"This region has had a history of successfully attracting people here, and we can grow fast," Lang said. "Southern Nevada is the kind of place that has got an infrastructure for growth."  

The valley's bid is a combination of several local organizations, as well as the cities in and around Las Vegas, such as North Las Vegas, Henderson and Clark County.

The Governor's Office of Economic Development is also working closely on the project, as is Governor Sandoval. 

"Amazon and Las Vegas are a winning hand," Sandoval said. 
Sources involved with Las Vegas' HQ2 bid tell us they believe the city will be one of the finalists in the bidding process.

Amazon will announce which city will be home to its second headquarters sometime next year.
 


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