Shortlist for second Amazon headquarters announced

Elias Hubbard
January 21, 2018

During the Amazon proposal process, KC received a lot of positive feedback from Amazon, but the online retailer hasn't said why the city didn't make its Top 20 list released Thursday.

Amazon said 238 cities submitted proposals for the project that the Seattle-based retailer says could lead to a $5 billion investment and 50,000 new jobs.

"Because of the current status of their airports, Columbus and Pittsburgh were not included among our 35 cities, but they were included in the finalists", said Jason Horwitz, Anderson's director of public policy.

As for some other cities, Boston is tough to beat when it comes to prestigious universities, Atlanta and Dallas also have excellent access to global flights, and New York City is simply "too big to ignore", especially now that Amazon is expanding into other industries, said John H. Boyd, principal of The Boyd Co., a Princeton, N.J. -based corporate site selection consultancy. Two metro areas, NY and Washington, have more than one location on the list, increasing the competition there, he said. "Think of it this way, they can essentially take over the assets of Target here in Minneapolis as a better way to add a second headquarters or it might be at the time a third headquarters", said Munster. "That is within a sphere where I think we would have a competitive cost structure and labor pool that would give us opportunities for us to land jobs that would be beneficial to Amazon".

Birmingham, Alabama, which sent Amazon flirty and factual tweets in an effort to woo the e-commerce giant, is still holding out hope.

What Is Amazon Looking For in Its Search For a New Headquarters
What Is Amazon Looking For in Its Search For a New Headquarters

The prospective sites for Amazon's much-sought-after second headquarters have been whittled down to 20.

The company had stipulated that it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people, and almost all of those on the shortlist have a metro population of at least double that. Yet location may be less important to Amazon than free money, considering the eye-bulging incentives cities have thrown at the fourth-largest company in the United States.

When Amazon issued its request for a proposal from bidders, the company said it would give priority to areas with more than 1 million people that are within 45 minutes of an global airport. Newark is also proposing $2 billion in tax breaks. Boston's offer includes $75 million for affordable housing for Amazon employees and others. Carney never did indicate what financial incentives DE would offer Amazon to bring its a second headquarters to the state.

The city offered Amazon $60 million in cash incentives.

Last year, the region added almost 100,000 jobs. Some of that growth came from Amazon's almost $14 billion acquisition previous year of natural foods grocer Whole Foods and its 89,000 employees.

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