MiamiHerald / In advance of a Thursday deadline, South Florida has submitted its proposal to lure Amazon’s highly coveted second headquarters, along with potentially hundreds of North American cities and metropolitan areas competing for the e-commerce gorilla’s $5 billion campus. The stakes are high: The award is expected to bring up to 50,000 jobs averaging more than $100,000 annually to the winning community.

Think about that: If the headquarters, dubbed HQ2, were to come to Miami-Dade, for instance, that would increase the number of people making that level of salary in the county by about 60 percent. The percentage is similar in Broward, according to the state statistics.

“That is an unprecedented boost to the area that you can almost never get in one shot. This really is a huge, huge opportunity. It addresses what I think is the region’s most pressing economic development issue, which is creating high wage, high skilled jobs – that would do it,” said Kevin Greiner, a senior fellow at the Florida International University Metropolitan Center.

Odds makers – in this case, ratings firm Moody’s, the Brookings Institution, Anderson Economics Group and national site selection firms – rate Miami as high as No. 7 among candidates, and as low as nowhere on the list for the Seattle-based giant’s second North American headquarters. Other contenders frequently mentioned include Denver, Austin, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago.

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