On Thursday, Amazon launched the quick record of cities and different localities which might be nonetheless within the operating to host the net retail big’s second headquarters, which it’s calling HQ2.
Right here’s the record, in alphabetical order:
- Austin, Texas
- Columbus, Ohio
- Los Angeles
- Montgomery County, Maryland
- Newark, New Jersey
- New York Metropolis
- Northern Virginia
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Washington, D.C.
The finalists had been chosen from 238 unique candidates representing areas throughout North America. Whereas critics argue that Amazon’s public bidding course of quantities to a degrading race during which suitors are compelled to 1 up one another with irresponsibly massive monetary incentives, the corporate’s pledge to speculate $5 billion and create 50,000 high-paying jobs at HQ2 has saved cities within the hunt.
The frenzied preliminary utility course of drove officers to tug out all of the stops to catch Amazon’s eye. Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, mayor Sly James purchased 1,000 gadgets from Amazon (for charity) and left a five-star evaluation for every one together with a plug for his metropolis as the right HQ2. (Kansas Metropolis didn’t make the ultimate 20.)
Newark dangled $7 billion in tax breaks in its bid, justifying the eye-popping determine by estimating that HQ2 may generate $9 billion in financial exercise. (Newark did make the ultimate 20.)
“Thanks to all 238 communities that submitted proposals,” stated Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Coverage in an announcement. “Getting from 238 to 20 was very powerful ― all of the proposals confirmed super enthusiasm and creativity.”
“By way of this course of we discovered about many new communities throughout North America that we are going to take into account as areas for future infrastructure funding and job creation,” Sullivan added.
The corporate stated it is going to be reaching out to officers within the 20 cities over the subsequent few months “to dive deeper into their proposals, request further info, and consider the feasibility of a future partnership.”
Amazon stated it expects to make a closing resolution for HQ2 someday in 2018.