- Amazon is sending a lobbyist to Georgia ahead of the start of its legislative session next month.
- The lobbyist is spurring speculation that Atlanta could be the site of Amazon’s second North American headquarters.
Amazon may have just dropped a clue about where it will build its next headquarters.
The retailer registered a lobbyist, Jacob Oster, on December 7 with the Georgia State Ethics Commission, ahead of the start of Georgia’s legislative session in January, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The lobbyist’s presence in Georgia is now “the buzz of economic development circles,” spurring speculation that Amazon is taking a closer look at the state as the potential site of its next home, the report says.
Atlanta is one of the more than 200 cities competing to be the home of Amazon’s second North American headquarters – and according to one recent analysis, it’s a leading candidate.
Lobbyists represent the interests of companies or organisations to lawmakers, though it’s unclear what issues Oster will address when the Legislature convenes next month. His LinkedIn profile says he specialises in energy policies at Amazon.
Amazon announced in September that it was seeking proposals from local governments that could offer incentives, like tax exemptions, for the company to house its next headquarters there.
Amazon said it preferred metro areas with at least 1 million residents and an educated workforce.
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