Pittsburgh Regional Partnership Seeking Interest From Sites for Amazon HQ2

Amazon HQ2 Team Pittsburgh Issues Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for potential sites

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 21, 2017) County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor William Peduto announced today that Amazon HQ2 Team Pittsburgh (“HQ2PGH”) has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest, seeking potential sites in Greater Pittsburgh to include in our region’s formal response to Amazon’s request for proposals for a second headquarters location (“HQ2”).

“We’re looking for partners who share our desire to leverage this opportunity towards not only securing a significant investment and economic driver for the region, but helping to advance our goals of equity, inclusion, and broad economic growth,” Mayor William Peduto said. “This represents a unique opportunity to implement our p4 framework – people, planet, place, and performance – with a forward-thinking company firmly aligned with those goals.”  

Respondents or teams of respondents must ensure their site(s) meet Amazon’s requirements, as outlined in their HQ2 RFP, referenced above. Any response will need to include approximately 500,000 square feet of space by 2019, and up to 8 million square feet beyond 2027 through greenfield sites, infill sites, existing buildings, or a combination of these options. Respondents to the RFEI should only suggest sites and/or buildings over which they have site control and demonstrate how those sites meet or exceed Amazon’s criteria as well as the additional criteria put forth by HQ2PGH in the RFEI.

“Other companies from around the country and around the world have recognized the specific advantages of locating in our region, from the unparalleled talent coming out of our universities and colleges and the research partnerships that make us a test bed for emerging technologies, to our competitive cost of living and overall quality of life – it truly is a great time to be doing business in Allegheny County and Pittsburgh,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.“With the potential for 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars of investment on the line, we are looking for partners to present creative solutions that offer not only the best options for Amazon, but for our region. Those partnerships have allowed businesses and organizations, including technology companies and start-ups, to excel and thrive here and we want to see that same success for Amazon.”  

All inquiries regarding the RFEI should be directed to The deadline for responses is 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The RFEI is available here.

HQ2PGH is a partnership of government, business, university, non-profit and community organizations to formulate a winning proposal to Amazon’s HQ2 RFP for the Pittsburgh region.


Amie M. Downs, Communications Director, Office of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald,, 412-350-3711 (office), 412-327-3700 (cell).

Timothy McNulty, Communications Director, Office of Mayor William Peduto,, 412-660-1999 (cell).