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Amazon Narrows HQ Search

Upstate doesn't make the cut

Ken Pauli
January 18, 2018 - 11:33 am

Although Amazon did not make its final decision where its second headquarters will be located, the company narrowed it down to 20 choices from the 238 applications they received. 

The Upstate did not make that cut. Neither did Charlotte. But Atlanta did. The list is a broad mix of cities big and small, on both coasts and in the heartland. Three of the finalists are near the nation’s capital.  One Canadian city made the cut, Toronto.

Amazon says they want the location to be in an urban area with more than 1 million people, within 45 minutes of an international airport and preferably with direct access to mass transit.  The Seattle based company is planning to invest over $5 billion over 10-15 years and create up to 50,000 jobs that pay an average of $100,000, in the city chosen for that second headquarters. 

Here's the list of cities that made the cut (in alphabetical order) and what's been reported some of the incentives could be: 

  • Atlanta
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston - offering about $92 million in incentives
  • Chicago - offering $2.25 billion in incentives
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas - promoting a planned high-speed train that could shuttle people back and forth from Houston in 90 minutes
  • Denver - offering about $100 million in incentives
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles - California offering $300 million in state incentives over several years, but LA might be offering more
  • Miami
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Newark, New Jersey - NJ offering $7 billion in tax incentives including property tax abatements and breaks from the local wage tax
  • New York City
  • Northern Virginia
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Washington DC
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