Syracuse, Utica and Rome band together in pitch for Amazon's new headquarters with 50K jobs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Centerstate CEO, Central New York's economic development engine, is pitching the Central New York/Mohawk Valley area to Amazon, which is looking for a community to host its new headquarters.

The Seattle-based company is building a second headquarters in North America for $5 billion that will bring $50,000 jobs.

That would be a 20 percent increase to available jobs in the area.

Centerstate CEO admits the pitch will be an underdog compared to major cities but thinks they can make a strong case for the region.

Amazon is requiring applicant cities have a population of 1 million people, which is why the proposal combines Syracuse, Utica and Rome into one region. The three cities and surrounding counties meets the 1 million-person requirement.

Centerstate CEO says Central New York offers an affordable cost of living and cost of operation, a high density of colleges and universities and a shared interest in the Drone industry.

Amazon wants to use quad copter drones to deliver packages in the future.

The pitch will only include a specific location for the facility if it's special enough to elevate the proposal.

Amazon's deadline is Oct. 19.

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