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Amazon releases list of 20 cities it is considering for second headquarters

By Greg S ยท 8 replies
Jan 18, 2018
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  1. As Amazon continues its search for a second headquarters location, finalist cities will need to put up lucrative incentives to attempt to attract business. Amazon's project build is expected to cost $5 billion and bring in 50,000 high-paying jobs.

    Out of proposals from 238 distinct locations, Amazon has cut down its list of preferred cities to just 20. Out of all the remaining cities, all are in the United States except for Toronto, Ontario.

    Cities in the running for Amazon HQ2

    • Atlanta, GA
    • Austin, TX
    • Boston, MA
    • Chicago, IL
    • Columbus, OH
    • Dallas, TX
    • Denver, CO
    • Indianapolis, IN
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • Miami, FL
    • Montgomery County, MD
    • Nashville, TN
    • Newark, NJ
    • New York City, NY
    • Northern Virginia, VA
    • Philadelphia, PA
    • Pittsburgh, PA
    • Raleigh, NC
    • Toronto, ON
    • Washington D.C

    The hunt for a new headquarters location is far from over, but a decision is expected to be made in 2018. Amazon plans to negotiate with each of the desired cities to see what concessions can be made to offer additional benefits.

    Amazon has not publicly disclosed what additional benefits it is looking for from specific cities. Tax breaks and available land space for construction are likely top the criteria given that Amazon is requiring at least 8 million square feet in a region no more than 30 miles from a major metropolitan area.

    For every $1 invested into Seattle, Amazon states that $1.4 has been contributed to the local economy. As the hunt for the next Amazon headquarters continues, cities are sure to make extravagant offers in order to attempt to attract new jobs and investment.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,599   +3,058

    You know, it's actually rather sad that cities and states allow themselves to be sucked into this sort of thing and even worse that Amazon would "play" them like this .......
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,993   +1,373

    Don't know why they even bother showing LA. It's pretty clear from that map it's going to be an east coast city.
    p51d007 likes this.
  4. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,668   +1,920

    Stay out of pittsburgh, we don't want you here. Our traffic is bad as it is and housing is getting expensive, we don't need that to get any worse.
    p51d007 likes this.
  5. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Addict Posts: 195   +119

    Surprised Houston TX is not on the list. Most companies with large headquarters come to Houston as you can set the whole thing up for far less $$$ than most other cities.
  6. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,159   +1,176

    Go Toronto :) Time for us Canucks to prove we're just as dumb as all of you Americans...
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,314   +2,558

    Waste of tax money. States would be better served just giving the subsidies directly to workers. Instead they are going to give Amazon a boatload of cash and the people will see maybe 15% of that money back in wages and states will recoup even less in tax dollars.
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,749   +1,028

    Thank God Missouri is out of the running! We got enough liberal bed wetting morons in KC/St. Louis to shake a stick at! Don't need any extras to screw up our state even more!
    ShagnWagn likes this.
  9. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 504   +347

    You can't have two heads. How can you have a second headquarter?

    If you feel you must have another building, put it in a state that you've already screwed your customers in - one that you put an entity in. We don't need another state where you are screwing customers with sales tax.

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