Gilbert offers temporarily moving Quicken Loans employees to get Amazon to Detroit

- As Amazon continues its search for a city to park its second quarters, Detroit's Dan Gilbert says he doesn't mind temporarily moving his Quicken Loans employees to make room.

Detroit is currently in the running to become home to become home to a headquarters for the online retail giant. Mayor Mike Duggan chose Quicken Loans chairman and founder Dan Gilbert to lead the bid. 

The two discussed the city's pitch on CNBC on Friday. Eager to get Amazon into the Motor City as quickly as possible, Gilbert says they would make arrangements as they constructed what Amazon wanted.

"We'll take people out of the buildings of our own Quicken Loans, put them somewhere temporarily to get them in there because I think everyone will take one for the team," he said.

Another focal point of the interview was the Michigan collegiate programs that could benefit Amazon. As Duggan mentioned the University of Michigan is one of the leading suppliers of workers with MBAs to Amazon in Seattle, Gilbert highlighted Michigan State University's top-rated supply chain management program.

"All through Ontario they have huge education in technology universities," he said. 

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Business consultants told FOX 2 the Motor City could be a prime location due to its the highly skilled work force, top universities, a first class airport, a million plus in terms of population and of course the amount of vacant land.

However one of the major attractions Gilbert has been emphasizing is that Detroit sits on an international border. He's considering teaming up with Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.

Gilbert said a statement:

"Detroit is the only city competing for Amazon's headquarters that not only sits on an international border, but the busiest international border of one of our country's largest trading partners.

"In addition, the city of Windsor, province of Ontario and all of Canada has a large, skilled technology workforce. Amazon will be able to draw employees from two countries rich in technology talent with diverse backgrounds while cementing it as the first major company in the world whose headquarters would literally share an international border."

Amazon has been expanding its footprint in metro Detroit lately. A fulfillment center will open in Livonia by year's end. Centers in Shelby Township and Romulus are slated to open in 2018, and Amazon opened a technology hub and corporate office in Detroit in 2015.

Metro Detroit lacks a regional transit system - and that's a must-have for Amazon. For what it's worth, Windsor's mayor floated the idea of creating a cable car crossing the Detroit River for the potential twin headquarters.

 

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