Amazon today has revealed a record of 20 centers that are being held for its second headquarters (HQ2), as a result, which will provide more than 50,000 new jobs opportunities and tens of billions of dollars of supplementary investment in the encompassing community. Some of the cities on this list that Amazon has listed here are Los Angeles, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.
Amazon is now planning to fund over $5 billion in the construction of the new headquarters in the 20 cities. The new campuses will be highly analogous to its first headquarters in Seattle, which resulted in an additional $38 billion to the area’s economy between 2010 and 2016, according to Amazon’s calculations so far.
The cities Amazon has shortlisted for HQ2 are:
– Austin, Texas
– Columbus, Ohio
– Los Angeles
– Montgomery County, Md.
– Nashville, Tenn.
– Newark, N.J.
– New York City
– Northern Virginia, Va.
– Raleigh, N.C.
– Washington D.C.
These are the final cities which were selected from 238 communities that submitted nominations. “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,” Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy, stated in a press release to the media.
The most unexpected thing that has happened is Amazon’s selection of places not typically conceived of as tech centers, such as Columbus, Indianapolis, Miami, and Nashville. Los Angeles was the individual city from the West Coast to make the segment.
Just as surprising as it was to see Amazon’s rejection of applications from Detroit, Phoenix, and San Diego. Although it got bids from regions in Mexico, Amazon narrowed its finalists to just American locations and one city in Canada, that is Toronto.
The former governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe glorified the recognition of his state’s bid in a message on Twitter. “Let’s close the deal and bring it home!” he wrote
In an interview held, just a few days before Amazon announced its list of finalists, Ras Baraka, the mayor of Newark, mentioned Amazon, “long criticized in Seattle for its role in a booming economy that has displaced lower-income residents and minorities, had an opportunity to make a statement by selecting a less fortunate city for its new headquarters”.
The above, aforementioned process has also captivated critics. Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a philanthropic organization that labors as an advocate for neighborhood businesses, said that local arm-waver were enhancing Amazon’s image to a better picture just as the company’s market power was under growing scrutiny from groups like her own group.