UMD working on bid for Amazon's second headquarters

Posted at 2:13 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 07:08:14-04

The University of Maryland is one of many places trying to get Amazon's attention. 

Amazon is looking for what they call HQ2. The online retail giant is looking for a second home in addition to its campus in Seattle.

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Some of the requirements include 500,000 square feet, to be in or close to a major city, close to an international airport and within a mile or two of an interstate.

UMD says College Park meets all of the requirements, 

“When you read through the entire Amazon H2Q RFP it screams the University of Maryland and College Park,” said Chief Strategy Officer Ken Ulman. “We hit the marks in every category – land availability, business friendly environment, labor force, logistics, cultural community fit and so much more. We are shovel ready and can handle the entire requirement in our thriving Discovery District. Our highly educated, diverse community welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with one of the world’s great companies.”The University of Maryland is partnering up with local counties to try to convince Amazon to put their second headquarters in College Park. 

College Park has already caught the eye of the online ordering giant. It currently is home to one of the first five locations of Amazon's Instant Pickup service. 

UMD is working with the State of Maryland, Prince George's County, the City of College Park, and neighboring jurisdictions on this proposal.