Irvine seeks new Amazon headquarters at the Spectrum

The City of Irvine has submitted a proposal to bring Amazon’s second headquarters – and 50,000 high-paying jobs – to the Irvine Spectrum.

The proposal invites Amazon to move into four interconnected campuses that already are financed and approved – a unique incentive that could save Amazon up to $5 billion in build-out costs.

“No other city in North America can offer Amazon a fully financed and fully approved headquarters in the center of the country’s largest technology recruitment region,” says Mayor Donald Wagner.

In September, Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters, known as HQ2, to match its Seattle headquarters, and hire 50,000 employees with an average salary of $100,000. In all, 238 cities and regions submitted proposals.

“Irvine should be the clear choice for Amazon HQ2,” said Bryan Starr, CEO, Irvine Chamber of Commerce. “Irvine’s business environment is unrivaled and our state, county and city transportation agencies have a region-wide $11 billion, 10-year plan for projects in this area to allow us to grow our business community and maintain mobility.”

The Irvine Spectrum already is home to 3,500 businesses, including 400 technology companies and 1,200 Amazon employees – and easily can accommodate the 8 million square feet of space that Amazon needs.

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