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City Council to consider $400 million incentive package

Post Date:10/16/2017 10:00 AM

The Chula Vista City Council will consider on Tuesday, October 17, a $400-million incentive package to attract Amazon’s next headquarters that includes a shovel-ready office location and the opportunity to co-create California’s next university. The Chula Vista site provides eight million square feet for the tech giant in a new headquarters located minutes from downtown San Diego, Lindbergh Field and the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Chula Vista and the San Diego region offer an opportunity unlike anywhere in North America for Amazon to locate its next headquarters,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “Chula Vista is the only place where Amazon can develop its headquarters, help establish a new university, and tap into our uniquely talented and trained binational workforce.”

The City’s offering is presented in a 48-page fact- and photo-filled 11x17 book titled “Welcome Home Amazon” that details workforce, sustainability, lifestyle and development options.

The headquarters location offers a future-focused office campus where themes of collaboration and connectivity are infused throughout the architecture and design. Buildings are joined together through a series of outdoor bridges allowing people to travel horizontally through some of the largest floor plates currently available in Southern California. The initial 500,000 square feet of office space is shovel-ready. The City of Chula Vista, in partnership with Chesnut Properties, proposes to deliver a state of the art facility that is LEED Platinum and WELL Building certified with permits provided well ahead of Amazon’s stated 2019 deadline for HQ2.

In San Diego County’s second largest city, Amazon will find a Smart City-focused community with global transportation connections, a skilled workforce, and housing choices from apartment and condominium communities to single-family homes and gated estates. The location also gives Amazon the opportunity to co-create California’s next university with a focus on the technical curriculum and pedagogy required to educate Amazon and the region’s current and future workforce.

Chula Vista embraces research and invention, evidenced by its selection by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of 10 proving grounds for autonomous vehicles as well as providing a site for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to test on the 375-acre university property. In 2018, the City will move forward with a new four-year multi-institutional, binational university campus that Amazon can help create.

“We’re confident that the Chula Vista site, with these incentives, represents the best proposal being submitted to Amazon by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation,” said Chula Vista City Manager Gary Halbert.

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