Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that the City will look to persuade Apple to build its newly announced campus in Chicago.
The tech giant revealed plans Wednesday to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers over the next five years, pledging $350 billion toward the effort.
“Apple’s roots in Chicago are deep,” Emanuel said at a news conference Wednesday. “They’re opening up across the globe 25 very unique stores, Chicago was number one – first store they opened up.”
Touting the city’s ranking as number one in the country for corporate relocations for four years in a row, Emanuel said the access to “world class talent,” “world class transportation” and affordable living makes Chicago stand out for companies looking to expand.
“I don’t know what Apple is looking for, but whatever it is we're gonna go compete and put our best foot forward,” he added.
Apple’s announcement and Emanuel’s declaration came three months to the day after Chicago submitted its bid to become home to Amazon’s second headquarters.
Amazon announced plans for another headquarters in 2017, pledging to invest $5 billion in a new site that will eventually house 50,000 employees.
Apple did not release detailed information on its plans to solicit proposals from cities, but the California-based company said that like Amazon, it would announce the chosen location later this year.