Regional politicians have been assembling a multi-county strategy to keep Amazon’s growth here.
The company’s announcement last month that it will pick a second headquarters has sent cities scurrying to meet an October 19 deadline.
But Amazon's Worldwide Consumer CEO, Jeff Wilke, says our region has no chance: Amazon is looking for something else.
"We want another place where we can also grow,” Wilke told the Geekwire Summit. “And 50,000 employees somewhere else, $5 billion of investments is a great opportunity for another city to have the same kind of growth that we've experienced here in Seattle. And we're hoping to create an equal second headquarters."
Wilke added that "not everybody wants to live in the Northwest."
He gave few clues about where they might locate.
But, he says finding a community that has a strong science, technology, engineering and math education program at the high school level is important to the company.