Philly is a finalist for Amazon HQ2. What comes next?

Violet Powell
January 22, 2018

Amazon has narrowed the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest concentration in the Northeast.

"Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough - all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity", said a statement from Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy.

Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville; Newark; New York City; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh; Toronto and Washington, D.C.

On Thursday morning, the list of Amazon finalist cities was a subject of great interest at the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, which conducted its annual forecast meeting at Casa Manana.

Tory noted that Toronto attracted Amazon's attention without resorting to tax breaks and other financial incentives offered by some of the USA competitors that also made the short list. Amazon expects to make a decision on where to build HQ2 in 2018.

Several leaders whose proposals didn't make the final 20 say the time spent putting together juicy tax incentives, massive chunks of land and infrastructure studies was not wasted.

"Newark was the clear victor of this competition, and Newark has earned the state's support", Christie said, citing the city's status as a unique education, technology, transportation, and cultural hub.

A top state official says IN will be judicious IN what it offers IN support of the bid from Indianapolis for Amazon's second headquarters.

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Amazon has said the second headquarters would be a "full equal" to its Seattle campus. According to Good Jobs First, a nonprofit that's critical of tax incentives offered to corporations, the H2Q might deliver higher taxes for nearby business and individuals as a way to offset the incentives.

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.

Amazon is deciding where to build "HQ2", an up to 8-million square foot facility it says could produce 50,000 jobs.

PAY UP: Boston and MA are unlikely to match the sky-high incentive offers made by other states, including $7 billion from New Jersey and $5 billion from Maryland. More than 15 states and cities turned down requests from The Associated Press to detail the promises they've made.

Illinois, Chicago and Cook County teamed up to offer more than $2 billion in incentives to Amazon, and offered 10 proposed sites.

Now, he said, people across the country know about Kansas City.

Following this announcement, students from Dora High School created a video listing all the ways and reasons why coming to Birmingham would be beneficial for Amazon as well as Alabamians.

BNN speaks with Ontario Premier's business advisor and former TD Bank CEO, Ed Clark, about what will go into Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' thinking when selecting Amazon's second North American headquarters. Some of that growth came from Amazon's almost $14 billion acquisition past year of natural foods grocer Whole Foods and its 89,000 employees.

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