Virginia will pitch 10 sites to Amazon in bid for HQ2

In this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, photo, packages riding on a belt are scanned to be loaded onto delivery trucks at the Amazon Fulfillment center in Robbinsville Township, N.J. Amazon is holding a giant job fair Wednesday, Aug. 2, and plans to make thousands of job offers on the spot at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia officials plan to pitch 10 sites to Amazon next week in an intense competition to get the online retail giant to build its second North American headquarters in the state.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that three of the properties are located in the Richmond area, including a scenic farm overlooking the James River, a pocket of undeveloped land in the heart of the regional expressway system and a swath of city-owned land at an interstate gateway into the city.

State and regional officials have identified three potential sites in Hampton Roads and four potential sites in northern Virginia.

Seattle-based Amazon announced its plans to build a second headquarters last month. The site would employ 50,000 people.

Proposals are due by Oct. 19.

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