Manatee County Bids to Land Amazon Headquarters

Amazon is looking to build a second United States headquarters, and Manatee County wants in on the action. Local homebuilder Carlos Beruff officially submitted a bid to house the headquarters on 935 acres he owns in north Manatee County, on the Manatee-Hillsborough County line, just off Interstate 75. Beruff and his team worked in conjunction with urban planners to construct the bid. He says Manatee County fits Amazon’s requirements- a metro area with one million or more residents; a stable and business-friendly environment; an urban or suburban location with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent; communities that “think big” when considering locations and real estate options; and close proximity to a major international airport. Manatee County is considered a long shot to land the $5 billion-plus project- Denver is said to have the inside track.

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