Two North Texas cities looking lure Amazon rank among top sites

Two North Texas cities looking lure Amazon rank among top sites

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A Washington, D.C. magazine has recognized Frisco and Denton for their bids to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to North Texas.

The Washingtonian ranked Frisco fourth and Denton sixth among nine public campaigns for Amazon’s second headquarters. Frisco’s campaign highlighted some of its newest projects, including Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility The Star in Frisco and Jamba Juice’s relocated headquarters. It also featured Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saying he caught the "Frisco flu" when building his team’s facility in the northern suburb.

Frisco has submitted a half dozen possible sites for the headquarters, all situated along the Dallas North Tollway. About 40 percent of Frisco is undeveloped, with billions of proposed real estate developments popping up along the DNT surrounding The Star, according to Dallas Business Journal reporting.

"We have a whole menu of options to offer the company from shovel-ready sites to green field to customize a campus," Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney told the DBJ. "We are hungry for a corporate relocation of a Fortune 100 company and we’ve never seen as big of an opportunity as this one."

Denton’s bid uses the hashtag #HQ2DentonTX on the city’s Twitter and Instagram posts. But The Washingtonian questioned whether the hashtag will be enough to bring in the e-commerce giant.

The city who lands the headquarters project stands to gain up to 50,000 direct jobs, an indirect employment boost of 53,000 and $38 billion in economic activity.

Twelve to 14 cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, representing 30 sites, met a deadline Friday to submit individual bids for the headquarters. Some, like Dallas and Frisco, are proposing multiple areas and developments for HQ2.

"In a unique region like ours, we are going to have a lot of great options with different character and advantages because we are such an interesting composite," said Mike Rosa, senior vice president of economic development for the Dallas Regional Chamber.

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