ATLANTIC CITY — The city has submitted a proposal to serve as home to Amazon’s second headquarters in North America.

The city joins municipalities across the country and in Atlantic County that submitted proposals for the expected $5 billion facility.

Galloway Township last month went public with its plan to lure Amazon and with it land 50,000 new full-time jobs to an area dealing with one of the nation’s highest foreclosure rates.

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said Friday he submitted a package to the state that featured proposals from Egg Harbor Township, Hammonton and Atlantic City as well as Galloway.

The state said any municipalities that wanted to apply should submit an application to the state by the end of the business day Sept. 26.

“We have used Amazon’s invitation for proposals as an opportunity to meet with state and county representatives, the business community and others to develop a plan for business expansion in Atlantic City,” Mayor Don Guardian said in a statement Monday. “We need to diversify our economy to provide new job opportunities for our residents.”

Amazon’s criteria include being within 45 minutes of an international airport and near a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people, being able to attract top technical talent, having direct access to mass transit and being able to expand to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade.

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