St. Charles County is tossing their name into the hat to be home to the second Amazon headquarters.
The county has been bringing in about 5,000 residents a year since 2010 and has almost 400,000 total residents. This growth and the amount of land to build on in the county are the main reasons they want Amazon to move in.
“I’m just happy here and I’m planning to stay," said Dot Guccioni, who has been living in St. Charles County for the last 11 years.
She welcomes the growth to the area because it's bringing more businesses to the area, which is ultimately bringing everything closer together.
“We can walk to our grocery store, we can walk to restaurants,” said Guccioni.
Right now, many areas of the county are construction sites with dozens of homes being built and sold quickly. Scott Drachnik, executive director of St. Charles County Workforce and Business Development, says affordability and safety and big draws to this area.
“Utility costs are low, property taxes are low, business-friendly, low crime,” said Drachnik.
However, it's the new developments, like the 370 Business Park, that St. Charles County uses as an example to why Amazon HQ2 would work.
Drachnik says the county has more land mass to offer if Amazon wants to move in.
“We’ve got about five sites that we have offered up,” said Drachnik.
Amazon is also looking for a city with accessibility and strong public transportation. St. Charles County is not a part of the MetroLink system that is in St. Louis city and county.
Drachnik says if Amazon moves in, it would move public transportation forward in St. Charles, O'Fallon and Wentzville.
“Those particular municipalities said they would immediately put the tax and jurisdiction together and contract with Metro to bring out bus extensions,” says Drachnik.
Residents are excited about the possibility of Amazon HQ2 in St. Charles County.
“I think it’d bring a lot of jobs to the area and I think it’d be very beneficial for sure,” said Guccioni.
St. Louis City and East St. Louis have also put in bids for Amazon HQ2.
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