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Amazon Narrows H2Q Contenders to Top 20

The contenders for HQ2 listed all sorts of reasons why Amazon should pick them. Amazon is expected to decide on a location for its expansion sometime this year.

The 20 cities include Austin, Texas; Atlanta; Boston; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; and Nashville, Tennessee.

Most of the 20 cities are in the Midwest or on the East Coast.

Amazon has said the average wage of employees at the second headquarters would approach $100,000 a year. The online retail giant is based in Seattle. "Through this process, we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation", Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy, stated in a press release to the media.

Site-selection experts and economists projected the odds of the Triad winning HQ2 as very slim.

The company had stipulated it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an worldwide airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand the headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade.

For what it's worth, we here at MobileSyrup are still not fully sure we understand the joke - nor are we convinced that everyone in Calgary would want to fight a bear for Amazon.

"I was surprised that we weren't on the list, there's no question about it", said Mary Moran, CEO of Calgary Economic Development, which submitted Calgary's bid.

"I would have liked it be in Somerville, but we weren't picked, obviously". A separate interactive presentation was sent by e-mail.

Gerber said the city is aggressively marketing the 157 acres of North Mare Island and the exposure from submitting an application to Amazon will only help.

"It worked well with various portions of our staff to each have portions of the proposal so it wasn't overwhelming", Hill said. "They would like to be in proximity to a downtown that's got arts, entertainment, restaurants, an overall good community feel", he added.

Tory said the strength of Toronto's bid lay in other factors. "So, we've got a great relationship going with them already".

"It was a good exercise in demonstrating how the three Triad cities can work collaboratively toward a common economic opportunity", Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines said. "We've gotten exposure. We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish". New Jersey's pitch contains $7 billion in tax breaks and Boston's offer includes $75 million for affordable housing for Amazon employees and others.

Taiwan-based Foxconn would receive the largest state incentive package for a foreign company in USA history. Both offered billions in tax incentives.

Mr. Jezak said Maumee is encouraged that Columbus and Indianapolis made Amazon's list.

The N.C. Commerce Department confirmed the state offered up to $1.5 billion in performance-based incentives in its unsuccessful attempt to land a Toyota-Mazda automobile production plant that went to Huntsville, Ala.

"We received positive feedback from Amazon officials, but at the end of the day did not have a large enough metropolitan area for this particular proposal", Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.

"North Carolina has been determined to be tops for new businesses because of changes made through (corporate) tax reform and regulation reform".

The partnership also has made a priority of boosting the broader region's supply of trained talent, which relies on numerous nine universities from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. that met recently in downtown Washington to discuss their roles in developing the skilled workforce for high-tech companies including Amazon.

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