Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said lawmakers could move an incentives bill "expeditiously” to attract Amazon's proposed second headquarters, if necessary, but he wouldn't be in favor of doing what Wisconsin did to lure Foxconn.
Amazon’s announcement last week that its future second headquarters will create 50,000 new jobs with an average annual compensation of $100,000 have cities across the country clamoring to submit bids. But there’s a short timetable, with proposals due Oct. 19.
State economic development officials won't comment on whether they plan to submit a proposal for the $5 billion development, but a local site-selection expert said pursuing Amazon is “too good of an opportunity” for the state to pass up.
Negotiations with property owners to buy a few parcels of land in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood appears to have stalled. City-County Council members this week will discuss exercising eminent domain.