As Amazon tours cities vying for its second headquarters, representatives are asking about more than just the availability of tech talent and other expected issues.

Surprisingly, the e-commerce giant also wants to know how the remaining candidates would deal with increased road traffic and use the potential tax windfall to create affordable housing, according to The New York Times. Amazon could bring up to 50,000 new employees to its new location, and the company wants to keep from repeating the problems it has experienced in Seattle--where it is often blamed for soaring housing costs and an overloaded transit system. 

The company announced in September 2017 that it planned to develop a second headquarters in North America. Nearly 240 cities and regions applied, a number that Amazon later narrowed to 20: Atlanta; Austin; Boston; Chicago; Columbus; Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Los Angeles: Miami; Montgomery County, Md.; Nashville; Newark, N.J.; New York City; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, N.C.; Toronto; and Washington, D.C.

Amazon has not said when it plans to make a final decision, but representatives wrapped up their visits to finalist locations in April. Among the other criteria that the company is looking for are a stable, business-friendly government, a local airport with many flights available, and recreational activities for its employees.

Published on: Apr 30, 2018