Amazon Names Finalists In US And Canada For Its New Headquarters

Cheryl Sanders
January 19, 2018

There were 238 proposals from around the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for HQ2, although all 20 finalists are American, except for Toronto, Ontario.

Amazon says it expects to make a final decision about which gets the nod sometime in 2018, so by the end of this year.

Lynn tossed its hat in the ring hoping to bring the expected 50,000 high-paying jobs and more than $5 billion in investments in the city over the next two decades.

Amazon announced Thursday morning that the only West Coast city to make the shortlist was Los Angeles; the only Canadian city is Toronto.

Here's the map of those locations if you wanted a more spatial view.

Amazon didn't offer any details on how it narrowed its list down, only that it used the criteria it announced past year: a city with more than one million people, a "stable and business-friendly environment", and a location near downtown and less than 45 minutes from an airport, among other requirements. Amazon's first headquarters are in Seattle. "Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough - all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity", said Holly Sullivan, who is a leader in Amazon's public policy department.

Amazon had listed the criteria for its second hub to include a metropolitan area with more than one million people that had the ability to attract top technical talent, along with other assets such as an accessible mass transit system.

Carney proposed three sites in DE that met Amazon's criteria; they included the 425-acre First State Crossing in Claymont, an 82-acre site on Wilmington's Riverfront and an 82-acre portion of the AstraZeneca complex in Fairfax.

Strengths in key sectors where Amazon's business is growing: tech, media, advertising, fashion, advanced manufacturing.

"We benefited from going through it", he said.

And that's in addition to what the ubiquitous corporation estimates as tens of thousands of temporary construction jobs and "billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community".

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement, "I expect that the lessons we learned in the Amazon process will help make us more successful on a number of other major potential investments that we are now pursuing".

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