Inc. this morning narrowed the list of places for its second headquarters and the Twin Cities didn't make the cut. Those proposals sought to highlight each city's strengths, based on the wish list the company created to help it find the ideal spot for its new campus.
Amazon said it wanted to be in a metropolitan area of at least 1 million people, with a strong higher education system, access to a tech-savvy workforce and proximity to mass transit and a major global airport.
The finalist cities are: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; New York; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, North Carolina; Toronto; and Washington D.C. Business Council of Westchester officials say they will continue to make sure Amazon knows why Westchester would be the best fit. Politicians across the U.S. and Canada eagerly expressed interest, and the company received proposals from 238 locations, including from smaller markets like Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Memphis, Tennessee.
Amazon's search for a second headquarters city has triggered an unprecedented competition among governments around North America to attract a $5 billion project that promises to create 50,000 jobs. The retailing behemoth has made clear that tax breaks and grants will be a big factor in its decision.
His office also put out a promotional video to help.
Amazon said in its request for proposals in September that "certain aspects" of the project and details about the company "are confidential, proprietary and constitute trade secrets".