UPDATE: McKinney mayor: City 'taking steps' to pursue Amazon headquarters

A worker loads boxes for shipping at an Amazon fulfillment center.

A worker loads boxes for shipping at an Amazon fulfillment center.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from Mayor George Fuller.

Mayor George Fuller said he and city staff will "proactively pursue a deal with Amazon," according to a Facebook post on Fuller's page published Friday.



In a press release Thursday, Amazon announced it is opening a search for a second headquarters to operate alongside its Seattle facilities.

With a $5 billion investment in the construction of Amazon's second headquarters, the company would bring an estimated 50,000 jobs to the community selected. The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce said it will also bid to bring Amazon to its city.

The city is putting together a presentation for Amazon highlighting the city's quality of life and McKinney National Airport, Fuller said. He said he has also reached out to business leaders, including Encore Wire Corp. and Independent Bank, to provide testimonials.

Economic development pursuits are always confidential, city spokesperson Denise Lessard said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.

"McKinney is well aware of the Amazon headquarters [request for proposal] and we’ll be working with our business community to evaluate this opportunity," Lessard said in the email. "McKinney is primed for continued business growth, and we are always proactively pursuing conversations with progressive employers like Amazon. ... A steady flow of announcements on relocations and expansions in McKinney, including with major corporate and progressive employers like Independent Bank, PACCAR and Playful Corp., speaks to the attractiveness of our community to first-rate employers."

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By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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