INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness are teaming up to lead the effort to draw Amazon to the Indianapolis metropolitan area, according to The Times newsgathering partner WTHR.
Amazon plans to build a second headquarters in North America. It says it would involve a $5 billion dollar investment with tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, and they're asking cities across the country to bid on it.
"I think I speak for everyone at the table when I say this is an incredible opportunity," Hogsett said. "Just look at the transformational investment Amazon made in Seattle," with its headquarters there.
While central Indiana has five Amazon "fulfillment centers," or warehouses, this would come with up to 50,000 jobs paying on average $100,000 a year.
"We believe we have a compelling case to make," Hogsett said, stressing that by working closely with the state and Gov. Eric Holcomb, "I think our chances are very competitive."
Amazon requires the winning city have at least a million people, a stable business climate and a skilled workforce. Indy Chamber president Michael Huber said having companies like Salesforce headquartered here helps.
"Indiana competes very well for those advanced industry and tech jobs, especially for a metro area of about two million people," he said.
While they said it's too early to talk about locations, Hogsett said, "we think we have several competitive sites throughout Indianapolis. One need look no further than the river and property over there."
While he didn't mention the old GM stamping plant by name, the sprawling site is close to the airport, rail lines and downtown. Public transit and quality of life issues are also part of Amazon's requirements.
At least 100 other cities are joining central Indiana in bidding for the project, with bids due October 19.
Fadness said at this point they weren't concerned about who else was throwing their hat in the ring.
"I think we're myopically focused right now on putting the best possible version we need of the the Indy metro forward," he said.
That includes assembling a team of business and community leaders to put together the bid, something that's already under way.