Amazon Narrows Field for Second Headquarters Location to 20

Amazon Narrows Field for Second Headquarters Location to 20

Andrew Cummings
January 20, 2018

Those six locations, as well as 14 others, made it onto Amazon's not-so-short shortlist Thursday of places under consideration for the online retailing giant's second headquarters.

The state proposed building an "innovation corridor" between Kansas City and St. Louis to provide employees and sites for Amazon. It received 238 proposals, many with financial incentives.

Among those that also didn't make the cut were Detroit, a disappointment for those excited about progress since the city came out of bankruptcy, and Memphis, Tennessee, where Mayor Jim Strickland said the city gave it its "best shot".

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

"We also offer a highly skilled talent pipeline, strong regional competency in radio-frequency identification (RFID), sustainable packaging, flight controls, drone technology, high-performance computing, software development and data analytics, to ensure that companies located here remain competitive within the global economy", they say. Amazon expects to make a decision in 2018. Two metro areas, NY and Washington, have more than one location on the list, increasing the competition there, he said.

The list released on Thursday includes the cities of Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; Columbus, Ohio.

The Bridgeport-New Haven joint proposal offered the company double the estimated eight million square feet of office space for the headquarters split between both cities. The state also offered to create a fund operated by a public board that would invest in Amazon securities and fund local infrastructure projects as determined by the board and another program to provide refundable tax credits to offset the tax costs of bringing offshore funds back to the USA and invest them in Missouri.

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