NYC makes the cut as Amazon narrows list for second headquarters


The Seattle-based tech giant sparked a bidding war a year ago when it announced plans to build a new 8 million-square-foot campus that would cost $5 billion and create up to 50,000 new jobs.

Two Texas cities, Houston and El Paso, were also eliminated for the possible headquarters location that could bring as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs to the selected city.

Stonecrest, Georgia, which offered to de-annex some of its land and rename it the city of Amazon, is still in the running as part of Atlanta's efforts.

According to Mercer, a company the tracks and ranks quality of life in major cities around the world, Toronto also finished well ahead of the other US cities still alive on Amazon's list.

Development Foundation officials did approach their board about pitching Amazon on locating its second headquarters in Sioux Falls.

Amazon released its list of 20 finalists on Thursday it will consider for its second headquarters, dubbed HQ2.

"Make quick decisions and make investments and we've been slow to respond for the need for housing in this city and its created real pressure", Scholes said.

Holly Sullivan, an official with Amazon Public Policy, said in a statement that information collected through HQ2 proposals could be used to identify areas for other Amazon projects.

On Oct. 26, Augustine held a news conference to announce the regional approach in trying to lure Amazon HQ2 to Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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The company opened bidding for its second headquarters building to localities and states/provinces across North America in September of past year, according to Reuters.

"Through Toronto Global, Mississauga will continue to work with Amazon to move ahead with our business case to attract this transformational investment to the Toronto Region - which will provide economic benefits to communities throughout the Toronto Region".

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett won't disclose exact locations but he said Indy's proposal includes potential sites within the city and at least one in a surrounding county.

Whatever city gets chosen will be transformed by Amazon, which has already changed the character of its native Seattle, setting in motion a building boom and rising rents.

But Amazon also made it very clear it wanted tax breaks, grants and any other incentives.

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

In the meantime, Epp says, "We have to remind ourselves that this is only the beginning".

A final selection is expected sometime in 2018. Virginia's outstanding business climate and world-class workforce make our Commonwealth the right place for Amazon to place this key base of operations.

"I know we'll hear from them about next steps", Booth said.