Cedar Park, Leander join in on Austin-Round Rock area Amazon proposal

Amazon's first headquarters is located in Seattle.

Amazon's first headquarters is located in Seattle.

The cities of Cedar Park and Leander are among cities across the nation vying for a spot as Amazon’s second headquarters.

This week, the Austin Chamber of Commerce will submit a proposal to Amazon detailing locations throughout the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area that could potentially house the headquarters complex. Amazon requested one proposal per Metropolitan Statistical Area, with lists of potential sites, due Oct. 19.

Leander and Cedar Park are part of the chamber’s submission, according to city officials.

“We are excited to be part of the proposal that’s going from the Greater Austin area,” said Phil Brewer, director of economic development for the city of Cedar Park.

If Cedar Park is selected as the location for Amazon’s new headquarters, Brewer said the business would have a “tremendous impact on Williamson County; the whole greater Austin area would benefit from an Amazon location in Central Texas.”

The project could bring 50,000 new jobs with average salaries above $100,000, Leander Economic Development Director Mark Willis said.

“The competition at the first level is going to be among the states,” Willis said. “The state may step up good enough, it’s just hard to predict. But, if people ask you, ‘has Leander put its best foot forward?’ Yes.”

He said he does not think the city has a great chance to become the site for the new Amazon headquarters because Leander lacks existing infrastructure and is not centrally located to Austin’s talent base.

Despite this, Willis said Leander’s transit-oriented development district was still among the top sites in the Austin Chamber’s proposal, Willis said.

Leander’s strengths lie in city’s quality of life—situated between the city and the country—and the Capital Metro commuter rail, he said.

“They’re really big on transportation and the train was what put us over the top,” he said.

Amazon is expected to make a decision next year, Willis said.

Reporting contributed by Joe Warner.


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