Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Alabama "out" of Amazon second headquarters consideration


Amazon Inc. rejected several CT proposals for its second headquarters, announcing Thursday the selection of 20 jurisdictions as finalists in the online retailer's closely-watched competition. The company plans to make a decision this year and will continue discussions with the finalists, it said in a statement Thursday. It received 238 proposals, many with financial incentives.

The list reveals little in terms of geographic preferences, with finalists on both coasts and the heartland.

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None of the local cities are on the list released by Amazon on Thursday. "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".

Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city's economy - every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generated an additional $1.40 for the city's economy overall.

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The tantalizing prospect of so many high-paying jobs delivered an avalanche of proposals from around the country.

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 worldwide airport.

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Also named were: Atlanta, Boston, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto in Canada and Washington D.C.

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