Gambling site picks Boston to win Amazon's HQ2

Saul Bowman
January 22, 2018

"Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals", said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy. Indianapolis submitted a bid with Fishers, and was chosen as a top 20 candidate among 238 total proposals. "We are proud of the investments and partnerships we've made that enhance our many attributes, such as our world-class university system, well-trained workforce, diverse economy, strong infrastructure and emerging entrepreneurial spirit". None of those cities made the short list.

Other cities like Dayton and tiny Stonecrest, Ga. - which offered to change its name to Amazon, Ga. - touted their cities to anyone who would listen, the mayor said.

The company expects to make a final decision this year.

John L. Augustine III, President/CEO at Penn's Northeast, led the effort to prepare a comprehensive proposal about Northeastern Pennsylvania to Amazon.

"While we are disappointed that Amazon did not select the Triad as a finalist, I am encouraged by the level of collaboration that we shared with our colleagues in Greensboro and High Point in developing our regional proposal", said Robert Leak Jr., president of Winston-Salem Business Inc. "The list released (Thursday) by Amazon is for major metropolitan areas and we certainly wish Philadelphia and Pittsburgh well in their pursuits".

Tory said the strength of Toronto's bid lay in other factors.

"It's a desirable city for lots of people, it's a lovely city", Austin Mayor Steve Adler said.

"I would have liked it be in Somerville, but we weren't picked, obviously".

Calgary Economic Development's ads on sidewalks and in the Seattle Times newspaper caught a lot of attention in Washington state.

Maybe the biggest thing the list tells us is that Amazon is going to be very cagey about how it moves forward on the HQ2 search.

The online retailing giant solicited city bids for its next headquarters past year, receiving 238 replies. In addition to Amazon's direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.

The company's wish list included proximity to a metropolitan area with more than a million people; ability to attract top technical talent, a location 45 minutes from an worldwide airport, direct access to mass transit, and the capacity to expand the headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres over the next decade.

Amazon hasn't said how much emphasis it will put on incentives, but it is likely to request something similar to the $3 billion the Wisconsin legislature offered electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group for a $10 billion flat-screen production plant employing up to 13,000 people.

C4 says Baltimore officials shouldn't be that surprised they lost out on the second Amazon headquarters, even as similar cities like Washington and Pittsburgh got shortlisted.

But since Amazon (amzn) disclosed the final 20, the wisdom of crowds has shifted on the favorites.

GOED Executive Director Val Hale told the Deseret News in September, shortly after the HQ2 news became public, that Utah would be taking a measured approach in assembling its proposal.

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