#b#Mercer County Seeks Spot for Amazon HQ#/b#

Mercer County is on the search for a location to host a new Amazon headquarters. The Seattle-based Internet retailing giant put out a nationwide request for proposals on September 7 for a site for a second corporate headquarters, saying the campus would employ 50,000 and generate $5 billion in capital investment over the next 15 years.

County Executive Brian Hughes announced in a press release that the county was throwing its hat in the ring. “Mercer County has the perfect mix of proximity to large metropolitan areas, mass transit, a diverse, well-educated workforce, and access to numerous cultural and recreational resources that ensure a great quality of life” Hughes said. “I plan to work with local and state officials to advocate on behalf of our county as the perfect site for Amazon’s new headquarters.”

The company asked for proposals to be completed by October 19. In a statement, Mercer County said Hughes was working with the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability and the Mercer County Planning Department to find a site.

But all that economic activity could come at a steep price for existing county taxpayers. In its request for proposals, Amazon made clear that it was seeking tax breaks — called “incentives” by some and “corporate welfare” by others — from applicants. “Incentives offered by the state/province and local communities to offset initial capital outlay and ongoing operational costs will be significant factors in the decision-making process,” the proposal states.

Mercer County is currently home to an Amazon distribution center in Robbinsville near the New Jersey Turnpike and I-195.

#b#Leaving Town#/b#

Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, 196 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction.

The group, which provides programs and services to Alzheimer’s patients, has moved to Tower Plaza on Route 18 in East Brunswick.

Princeton Survey Research Associates International LLC, 600 Alexander Road, Princeton.

The survey firm has left its Alexander Road office.

#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

Scienion US Inc., 5 Independence Way, Princeton 08540. 888-988-3842. Craig Cardella, president. www.scienion.com.

The U.S. subsidiary of the Germany-based life science company has moved from Deer Park Drive to Independence Way.

Highlands Insurance Company in Receivership, 300 Phillips Boulevard, Suite 500, Box 6013, Ewing 08618. 609-896-1921.

The insurance company, which only serves existing policies due to being in receivership, has moved buildings on Phillips Boulevard from 275 to 300.

InnZen Hospitality LLC, 2000 Cornwall Road, Suite 300, Monmouth Junction 08852. 732-545-7099. Sunil Nayak, president. www.innzen.com.

The hotel management firm has moved to a new address on Cornwall Road.

#b#Deaths#/b#

Elihu Woodson, 65, on September 6. He was the owner/operator of Snap II Studio. Services will be Thursday, September 14, at 11 a.m. at the Wayne Avenue Baptist Church, 30 Wayne Avenue, Trenton.

Ann G. Robinson, 76, on September 6. She was the owner and operator of Robinson’s Chocolates in Montgomery.

Kathy Lynch, 58, on September 6. Together with her husband, Bill, she owned and operated Makefield Agency Inc., in Yardley.

Alan R. Harpell, 64, on September 6. He worked at FMC for 44 years.

Joan Claire Lear, 71, on September 5. She was a receptionist at NJM.

John J. Tylutki, 47, on September 5. He worked for the Trenton Times and Jim’s Bagel Loft in Robbinsville.

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