Toledo, Maumee residents have their doubts on Amazon calling Northwest Ohio home

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - At midnight Friday, Amazon stopped accepting bids from hopeful cities across the U.S. wanting the tech-giant to call them home.


But Toledo and Maumee are cities with big dreams. Leaders in both communities are courting Amazon in hopes of landing its second headquarters.

"If it brings more jobs and good high-paying jobs, I'm all for it," said Maumee resident James Mock.

The tech-giant wants to invest $5 billion in its second home and ultimately hire 50,000 workers.

While people in Toledo and Maumee would like to see the company plant roots in their towns, they also have their doubts.

"We could use it, no doubt about that, and I hope it happens," said Mock. "But I think it's pipe dream."

It's no surprise that amazon is being picky for its second headquarters. The company wants a metro area with more than one million people, access to an international airport and highly skilled workers.

Despite falling short of some demands, Maumee and Toledo are still trying.

"You might as well ask," said Maumee resident Jill Teitlebaun. "You're not going to get it if you don't."

The cities are joining forces on an offer for land near Fallen Timbers Mall.

"I like their big vision; I just want to hear how they're going to make it work in a town this size," said Teitlebaun.

Toledo wants Amazon to build on the former Southwyck Mall site.

"It would be amazing to bring the jobs to the area and to use the land for something positive," said Toledo resident Lindsay McLaughlin. "It would be great for the whole community."

Both offers come with multiple tax credits and other incentives to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars for Amazon.

But for now, Toledo and Maumee join the long list of other cities waiting to learn if the online retailer will soon call them home.