Windsor to team up with Detroit for Amazon bid
Published Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:48PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 29, 2017 4:40PM EDT
Windsor is the latest Canadian city announcing it hopes to entice corporate giant Amazon to set up its new headquarters in the area.
Mayor Drew Dilkens revealed some details about the unique pitch first to CTV Windsor on Sunday.
Dilkens says Windsor and Detroit will make a joint-bid to the company.
Dilkens states he reached out to billionaire Dan Gilbert, the owner of Quicken Loans and the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, who's leading Detroit's efforts and they have a meeting set for this week.
Dilkens says Windsor and Detroit could offer something special.
"Perhaps we can create a cable car crossing up for both headquarters on both sides of the river." says Dilkens. "We can really create something that would be unique here so the conversation started and I have a meeting later this week."
Last week, Amazon announced plans to spend $5 billion over a period of 15 years, building a second headquarters.
"Detroit is the only city competing for Amazon's headquarters that not only sits on an international border, but the busiest international border of one of our country's largest trading partners,” said Gilbert said in a statement to CTV News on Monday.
“In addition, the City of Windsor, province of Ontario and all of Canada has a large, skilled technology workforce,” said Gilbert. “Amazon will be able to draw employees from two countries rich in technology talent with diverse backgrounds while cementing it as the first major company in the world whose headquarters would literally share an international border. That's why we are very excited to work with Windsor to bring Amazon to our shared border."
Numerous major Canadian and American cities are in a race to land those jobs including Toronto and Ottawa.
The space will consist of 8 million square feet of office space and employ 50,000 workers.