SWVA lawmakers push to consider recruiting Amazon headquarters


Southwest Virginia legislators want to make sure they are not left out of the equation when it comes to push to bring online shopping giant Amazon to the state.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said he has hired a private consultant to help in trying to get Amazon to build its second headquarters in the state.

The Seattle-based company announced two weeks ago its plan to build a second location that would employ 50,000 people.

So far, the state is looking to push Richmond, Northern Virginia, and Hampton Roads. However, local representatives are arguing the case for the southwest part of the state for its willing workforce and accessibility.

"You have Interstate-77, Interstate-81, Interstate-40, Interstate-26 all within about an hour or less, so southwest Virginia is extremely accessible to most of the eastern United States," Delegate Israel O'Quinn of Glade Spring said.

The state will submit a proposal offering Amazon its pick.

Proposals are due by October 19.

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