Virginia to intensify courtship of Amazon for HQ2 site in Northern Virginia

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The contenders for HQ2 listed all sorts of reasons why Amazon should pick them.

Among the 19 American finalists are New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles was the only West Coast city that made the list.

Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, has said its expansion could generate 50,000 new jobs.

"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", Sullivan said.

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

Amazon has said its preferences for the site include a metropolitan location with a population of more than 1 million, mass transit, proximity to an worldwide flight hub and the potential to retain and attract technical talent. "We knew there were bigger players and that the state was pushing Newark, but we felt we had to throw our hat in the ring so we did".

"I'd be very surprised if we're suddenly going to switch course now and say that we found some pot of money that we frankly didn't think was worthy of putting in in the context of what really was going to make this the best place for Amazon to locate", he said. A separate interactive presentation was sent by e-mail.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and his bid partner Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin congratulated Toronto in a statement Thursday, adding that if the GTA were successful in courting Amazon, "there would likely be significant economic spinoffs for the Ottawa-Gatineau region".

It remains unclear where city leaders have designated potential sites for Amazon's HQ2 within its greater Central Texas region.

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Greensboro and High Point have for two years been working together with Guilford County through the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance - a group that coordinates business recruitment throughout the county.

Mr. Jezak said Maumee was forced to inventory all its strengths and weaknesses, a process that was of great benefit.

"It worked well with various portions of our staff to each have portions of the proposal so it wasn't overwhelming", Hill said.

"We're going to be successful either way, but we sure want to get Amazon", Jenkins said.

However, Augustine doesn't see this as a loss - in fact, he said it's the exact opposite.

Mesilla Valley's Lopez said it's hard for companies to understand the opportunities of this tri-state, two-country region. "We've gotten exposure. We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish".

"What we'll obviously talk to them about is things that the government has created in terms of initiatives, so.talking to them about how we could work closely with the federal government on the immigration pipeline and helping them get in temporary workers", Cohon said. New Jersey said it will grant Amazon $7 billion in tax cuts, while Columbus, Ohio is offering Amazon almost $2.3 billion in incentives.

Taiwan-based Foxconn would receive the largest state incentive package for a foreign company in USA history. However, the Raleigh, N.C., metro area, with 1.3 million people, was a finalist.

"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.


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