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Governor John Carney is making a bid to capture the site for Amazon’s second U.S. headquarters.

He is touting Delaware’s central location as well as relatively low tax burden.

Carney said he believes that Delaware has offered a competitive proposal to lure Amazon to the First State.

His plan offers two sites for the 8 million square-foot office space.

This is a $5 billion real estate investment that would bring up to 50-thosuand jobs.

The facility would be a corporate headquarters with jobs offering an average salary of $100-thousand.

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Amazon will be hiring around 4-thousand people in Delaware for the holiday season.

Nationwide the figure is 120-thousand.

Amazon has two fulfillment centers in the First State.

One is Middletown with over a million square feet and another in New Castle.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the jobs pay around $13 an hour.

The paper notes that many of them can turn into regular full-time positions after the holidays.

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ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - To help entice a second Amazon headquarters to Maryland, a state board has voted to waive a 12-month residency requirement to qualify for in-state tuition for any Amazon employees who move to the state, if a new headquarters is established.

The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to waive the residency rule on Tuesday.

It also would apply to spouses and children of employees at the system's 12 degree-granting institutions.

Chancellor Robert Caret says the board acted to support Maryland's economy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Amazon is announcing plans to open a facility in North East, Maryland.

Amazon made the announcement Tuesday for the 1.2-million-square-foot fulfillment center.

Amazon now employs more than 3,000 associates at its fulfillment and sortation centers in Baltimore and plans to create 700 new positions at its third Maryland facility.

Employees at the North East fulfillment center in Cecil County will pick, pack and ship larger items such as big-screen televisions, kayaks and patio furniture.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will host his first ever summit for African-American business owners.

McAuliffe said the event, scheduled for Aug. 30 at Virginia Union University, will allow his administration to learn more about issues facing black-owned businesses.

The Democratic governor has tried to make it easier for African American-owned as well as other minority owned businesses to win state contracts.

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The famed Amazon Company best known for ordering books and other things off online will be putting its name on a solar project in Accomack County.

It’s called the Amazon Solar Farm US East.

The web services company has joined the developer Community Energy Incorporated based in Pennsylvania under a long term power purchase agreement.

The $150 million project will provide 80-megawatts of power.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will feed the electrical grids that power the current and future Amazon data centers.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Amazon is hiring more than 500 full-time workers at its Middletown fulfillment center.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the jobs will be created this month. Amazon spokesman Aaron Toso says the $12-an-hour jobs being added at the Middletown Fulfillment Center include positions that receive inventory, as well as pick, pack and ship customers' orders. Those hired will receive medical and other employee benefits immediately.