PHOENIX - Every major city in America is trying to become the location for Amazon's second headquarters.
In the Valley, Chandler, Mesa and Phoenix are all submitting proposals before the Oct. 19 deadline.
Stories are circulating about the old Park Central Mall site as a possible location that Phoenix officials will be pitching. Its proximity to the light rail, housing and a booming tech industry could be promising, although Phoenix officials couldn’t comment on what exact site they are proposing.
If selected, Amazon will invest more than $5 billion in construction and will create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.
Amazon’s requirements are simple: The company is looking for a location with strong local and regional talent --particularly in software development and related fields.
“The Phoenix economy is changing massively," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. "We used to rely on growth and real estate, now we are building a more innovative tech based economy."
How does Phoenix stack up against other tech-savvy cities?
Glassdoor ranked Phoenix 14th for best paying cities for software engineers last year.
InfoWorld also released a study showing Phoenix ranked fourth as best city for software developers.
The Praxis Strategy Group ranked Phoenix in the top 20 for STEM job growth in 2017.
Amazon already has fulfillment centers in Phoenix, Chandler and Goodyear.
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