MAUMEE, OH (WTOL) - City officials were busy Tuesday explaining to Amazon why their second headquarters should come to Maumee.
The real estate agent representing the owners of the combined 500 acres of land that would be use for the headquarters says the area, near Fallen Timbers, is ideal for a campus life Amazon headquarters.
Maumee mayor Rich Carr said that if Amazon decides to put its second headquarters in the area, Monclova Township and Lucas County, as well as Maumee, would benefit from the move.
"It's a great area to raise a family," Carr said. "If you have an area where your family is happy, your employees are happy and it makes for a better company."
Mayor Carr said the 500 plus acres around Fallen Timbers Mall allows easy access to some of our areas great shopping and attractions like the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Zoo, Lake Erie Islands and Cedar Point.
One of the landowners at the Maumee Chamber of Commerce meeting said the area has it all; land, infrastructure, centrally located and room for growth.
"The Amazon HQ 2 came up and we thought it was a great opportunity and the more we evaluated the RFP the more we realized we had everything they needed," said Zac Isaac, Isaac Land Development. "Universities from U of M to Toledo, to Bowling Green to Michigan State as far as engineering as far as the technical background."
An estimated 50,000 jobs would come to northwest Ohio if Maumee wins the bid for Amazon's headquarters.
Maumee would have to beat out other major cities who are also in the running, such as Detroit.
"You can say we're naïve," Carr said. "But we're not naive. We know that it's a long shot but you give it a try and you know what, maybe it happens. It happened for Amazon. Amazon was a long shot and look what it did."
More than 100 Maumee business owners were also in attendance while city officials pitched their bid to Amazon.
The proposals are due to Amazon later this month.