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Why San Diego May Edge Out Competition for New Amazon HQ

The city is one of more than 100 hoping to welcome the new company headquarters. Officials believe San Diego has what it takes.

More than 100 cities are vying to welcome the second Amazon headquarters and San Diego leaders believe our region has an edge over the competition.

The City of San Diego is offering a site in Mission Valley as one of the possible locations for the new Amazon headquarters, known as HQ 2.

San Diego's Regional Economic Development Corporation identified four potential sites to house the development.

They include a site in Mission Valley, a few locations in downtown, the Milennia development in Chula Vista and the Frontera Business Park by the U.S.-Mexico border.

Some of the sites are publicly owned. Officials believe each offers various incentives to Amazon to put their headquarters here.

Amazon says it will build a $5 billion dollar facility that will eventually create 50,000 jobs with average annual salaries of $100,000.

Amazon wants sustainable development, a high quality of life and universities to develop employees.

That's where local leaders believe San Diego already has an edge.

Christina Bibler is Business Expansion, Attraction and Retention Manager with the City of San Diego. She said Amazon is expanding their presence in Sorrento Valley.

“They already know the talent that they want. They've chosen to be here,” Bibler said. “This is just broadening that decision.”

UC San Diego graduates more Computer Science and Engineering students than Stanford and Berkeley combined, Bibler added.

Amazon says they'll make their final decision sometime in 2018.

Amazon is considered one of the world's most innovative companies, revolutionizing shopping, buying grocery stores and developing artificial intelligence.

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