County officials say Nevada is contender in bid for Amazon

LAS VEGAS - As Amazon continues its search for a place to build its second headquarters, more and more major metropolitan areas are throwing their hat into the ring to host the company.

Along with Nevada, New York City and Boston are two big cities that recently announced they want the company's new $5 billion second headquarters which is set to create 50,000 jobs.

A half-dozen insiders 8 News NOW spoke with on Monday says the region as a whole has a reasonable shot because southern Nevada will have a competitive bid.

Amazon's newest fulfillment center opened in North Las Vegas four months ago.

"When we show what we have in southern Nevada, I think it speaks," said Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commissioner.  "We present a pretty strong case." 

Sisolak has an agenda item for Tuesday's board meeting to formalize what has been a coalition of state and local agencies who have been working together on creating a bid to bring Amazon's "HQ-2" to the region.

"Las Vegas has a lot to offer, and sometimes we don't tell our story well enough, because we're broken down, we're bifurcated into several different jurisdictions," Sisolak said.

Governor Brian Sandoval's office of economic development says at varying levels, there has been work going on for months to get Amazon to expand its presence in southern Nevada.

North Las Vegas commissioned Brookings Mountain West Executive Director Robert Lang to see if Clark County could support the 50,000 people the headquarters would eventually employ.

"This city is not missing a white-collar workforce, it has it at about the share you would think it does," said Dr. Robert Lang, executive director, Brookings Mountain West. 

Las Vegas is home to six major Fortune-1000 companies. That includes the four major casino operators, and two gaming equipment companies.
    
Although those are all gaming-related, Lang says the landscape has changed and that Las Vegas has "grown up."

"What's changes is I think there's a sense that Las Vegas had a kind of monolithic resorts-only economy, in maybe 1990, or 2000, or even 2010, but that it's an increasingly diversified larger-scale economy," Lang said. 

Lang adds the region is primed to attract more companies that want to make similar investments of $5 billion or more.

When it comes to putting in the bid, the state isn't holding any punches when it comes to brain power because it's all hands on deck for local and state officials to put a bid together.

Ever since he took office, diversifying the economy has been one of Governor Sandoval's top priorities.
    

 


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