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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

Rep. Lawson, Rep. Rutherford support the proposal of Amazon’s new headquarters in Jacksonville

October 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and U.S. Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04) sent a joint letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in support of the company’s new metropolitan-centered headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.

Over the past several years, Jacksonville has positioned itself as a thriving economic center in the Southeast and as a growing hub of technology and regional transportation. The City is well-suited for HQ2 as it offers Amazon a well-educated workforce and business-friendly environment.

“Jacksonville is thrilled for the potential opportunity to welcome Amazon’s new headquarters to the city as it continues to grow and prosper as a thriving economic center.  Amazon’s presence will provide support to Jacksonville’s professional community, allowing them to work with the city of Jacksonville to cultivate valuable relationships beneficial to our residents. The promise of 50,000 jobs and economic growth are important to Jacksonville as it strives to be the best city to live, work and play” Lawson said.

Congressman John Rutherford said, “Northeast Florida has a diverse workforce, an affordable cost of living, and already has a valuable relationship with Amazon due to the recent opening of their new fulfillment center. The region has worked hard to ensure business friendly policies attract businesses like Amazon, and our strong workforce and great infrastructure makes the First Coast the best place for Amazon’s new headquarters.”

Jacksonville’s proposal is among 238 cities vying to host Amazon’s second headquarters. The company has promised to invest $5 billion in construction and create 50,000 new high-paying jobs over multiple years.