Pierce County and Tacoma go it alone with Amazon proposal

Credit: Tacoma News Tribune, Kate Martin

Pierce County is well on its way in wooing Amazon to build its second headquarters in the City of Destiny — and says it doesn’t need King and Snohomish counties to do it.

In fact, rebuffing an offer from the counties to the north to join their bid for Amazon’s $5 billion campus and 50,000 high-paying jobs might help Pierce County’s chances with the company, a state official says.

“They only wanted to consider an area that includes a commute zone of preferably a half-hour but no longer than an hour,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the state Department of Commerce, based on conversations his department has had with Amazon.

Amazon’s request has set off a continent-wide bonanza for its second headquarters, an opportunity economic development professionals seldom see and would love to have.