Village of Orland Park Vies for Amazon’s Second North America Headquarters

Village of Orland Park Vies for Amazon’s Second North America Headquarters
Posted on 09/22/2017

The Village of Orland Park has submitted a response to Amazon's request for proposals for its second North American headquarters.

Amazon's second corporate headquarters is expected to employ as many as 50,000 new full time employees with an average annual total compensation exceeding $100,000 over the next 10 to 15 years once operations begin. The project is expected to have more than $5 billion in capital expenditures.

"Orland Park is a viable option for Amazon to consider as they look for the ideal location for their second headquarters," said Mayor Keith Pekau. "We have a lot to offer and prepared our application working closely with the Will County Center for Economic Development and the State of Illinois."

In its request for proposals, Amazon is described as "…a publicly traded U.S. corporation and is a leading internet retailer and technology company."

The report sta­tes, "The company presently maintains more than 380,000 employees at multiple facilities in North America and throughout the world." The company's successful growth is cited as the reason for a second headquarters in North America.

"Economic development continues to be a key priority for the village board and staff and we always look at the potential a large corporation would have for Orland Park," said Trustee Kathy Fenton, chair of the village's Development Services Committee. "Orland Park's I-80 Corridor is ideal for developments like this."

Amazon cites among its preferences for the site metropolitan areas with more than one million people, a stable and business friendly environment, urban or suburban locations able to attract and retain strong technical talent and communities that think big and creatively when considering real estate options.

Orland Park's response to Amazon's request for proposals includes sites along the I-80 Corridor, the community's proximity to the company's Joliet fulfillment center and the proximity of public transportation.

"Orland Park absolutely has to try for this and we've been working with other agencies to best prepare the village's proposal," said Trustee Jim Dodge, the board liaison to the village's Economic Development Advisory Commission. "Participating in processes like this is important for the village's future --- it brings awareness to all that Orland Park offers."

The village's demographics and marketing portion of the proposal includes facts about the community, local sales volume and tax information, location and transportation, restaurants and food shops, existing big box and large retailers, village incentives, employment statistics, quality of life notes and statistics on recent commercial and residential developments.

Located 25 miles southwest of Downtown Chicago in Cook and Will Counties, Orland Park offers a three mile trade area population of 73,440 and a five mile trade area population of 158,881. The projected population for 2016 is 58,862 with the median home price being $271,800. The median age of Orland Park residents is 45. In 2014, Chicago Magazine named Orland Park among the top 12 suburbs of Chicago.

"Orland Park's proposal has received support from other officials, businesses, organizations and municipalities," the mayor said.

Amazon invites submitting municipalities to present all aspects of a community including a cultural community fit and the community's quality of life.

"They're looking for a cultural community fit and will be studying communities' quality of life," Pekau said. "We're excited to share all that Orland Park has to offer."