With millions of square feet of developable land, a list of business incentives and a fast-growing economy, Santa Clarita Valley could be Los Angeles County’s best hope for catching Amazon.com Inc.’s eye for its second headquarters.
The e-commerce giant announced publicly last month it was inviting major metropolitan areas to bid on potential sites where the company could create a second home largely resembling its massive Seattle headquarters campus. It will be occupied by a huge workforce to handle the tremendous growth Amazon anticipates over the next 10 to 15 years.
The city of Santa Clarita, last year’s pick for a second time by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. as the county’s most business-friendly city, together with the overall Valley, aim to be among the areas the county presents to Amazon as a potential headquarters site. Formal proposals are due Oct. 19.
“We certainly are participating in this process, and believe that the Santa Clarita Valley is a leading location in the L.A. region, given the availability of land, workforce and business friendliness,” said Holly Schroeder, chief executive of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp.
Read the full story in the Oct. 2 issue of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.