WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — If Amazon decides on Indianapolis for its second headquarters, the effect could be felt in Greater Lafayette too.
The Amazon headquarters is expected to create 50,000 jobs. Karthik Kannan, a management professor at Purdue University, said Amazon looks for nearby access to talent pools like universities to fill those jobs.
With Purdue so close, Amazon could have its pick from experts in coding, analytics and computer science.
They also use robotics extensively to do work human employees have traditionally done. That includes tasks like unpacking boxes and lifting heavier items onto shelves in the warehouse.
Having robotics experts at Purdue would be a benefit to the company. They could help with the technology and any malfunctions.
"It's also a very interesting play in the sense how Amazon is emphasizing computer science and technology where Purdue has a big role to play. We will have a significant impact if Amazon were to come here," said Kannan.
Kannan said he believes if the headquarters come to Indy, more people would move to West Lafayette and Lafayette. They could then possibly commute to Indy.
That could boost the local housing economy as well.