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Amazon's New HQ

Originally published on CanTech Letter. is inviting proposals for a second North American headquarters from states, provinces and metro areas. The presumption by many (example here) is that this means a U.S. location. But Amazon should consider a Canadian location. Here's why:
Amazon wants size. The Request for Proposals (RFP) identifies a desire for a metro area of a million people or more "with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent." Canada has several cities in this category, including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.They want a "stable and business-friendly environment and tax structure." Canada is enjoying strong growth, has a lower debt-to-GDP ratio than other nations, and has among the lowest corporate taxes in the OECD (documented here).The centre will hire 50,000 people and "a highly educated labor pool is critical and a strong university system is required." Canada has not only the deep techno…

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