Business leaders weigh in on Amazon headquarters search

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (9/12/17) - Business leaders from Genesee County are weighing in on Amazon's search for a second headquarters in North America.

"Take a serious look at Flint, consider the advantages of being in Flint, and that's how we landed here over a year ago," said C3 Ventures CEO Bob Waun.

Waun says a City like Flint would be prime for Amazon, no pun intended.

"They're a logistics company. You've got I-69 and 75 intersecting right here," he said.

Waun adds the amount of job growth would be a major transformation for a city like Flint.

"Try to hire somebody in a market that has a 1 percent unemployment rate. If you're looking to hire 50,000 people, you don't relocate to Los Angeles," he said.

Adrian Walker with Diplomat Pharmacy called the potential move a game changer and bold bet for Flint.

"We have that skilled work force that you can go after that has a blue collar mentality," Walker said.

But more than work force or location, Walker says it's about redefining a company's identity.

"I could go to other big cities and fit within a narrative or I can shade or create an existing narrative and I think that's what Amazon has the opportunity to do," he said.

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has also submitted a proposal on behalf of the county for Amazon:

"The news of Amazon looking to open a second headquarters in North America is outstanding economic news. The Flint & Genesee region has strengths and assets that could support many of Amazon’s requirements. As such, the Flint & Genesee Chamber will enthusiastically pursue the project through a coordinated approach with the State of Michigan. Winning a project like this would be transformational for the Flint area and continue the momentum we’ve achieved from other project wins."

Where Amazon will actually make their second headquarters is still up in the air.

The company will be making that announcement next year.

Wherever they choose, it will mean the addition of 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment.

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