Huntington Beach

Surf City wants to become Amazon City

HUNTINGTON BEACH, along with Long Beach, is in the competition to land Amazon’s planned second headquarters (Flickr/Mike MacKenzie).

Huntington Beach and coastal partner Long Beach are the latest cities in Southern California to enter the continent-wide competition to land Amazon’s planned second headquarters.

Details of the proposal will be revealed Wednesday (today). Already in the fray from Orange County are Irvine and a combined bid from Garden Grove and Santa Ana.

Surf City’s intention to try to land the $5 billion project was revealed at Monday’s meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council by Mayor Barbara Delgleize.

The deadline for responses to the request for proposals issued by Amazon on Sept. 7 is Oct. 19. Amazon is seeking a second North American campus and has invited overtures from across the continent. At least 30 California cities have expressed an interest and many more nationwide.

The online and high tech giant has established some criteria for “HQ2,” including nearby access to a major airport, proximity to major universities, an educated workforce and space for housing employees as well as office facilities.

Amazon is also expecting a financial contribution from any host city, such as free land or other compensation.

The concept for Garden Grove and Santa Ana would include both the former site of The Orange County Register on Grand Avenue in Santa Ana and the Willowick Golf Course, which is owned by the City of Garden Grove but within Santa Ana city limits.

More details will be posted as they become available.



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