Toronto Makes Shortlist Of Candidates For Amazon's 2nd Headquarters

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"All the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity".

Two Texas cities - Dallas and Austin - made the final list, as did Nashville. "They will recognize how this is really a jumping off point not only for South America but for Europe and the world", Russell told the Miami Herald. "It's the ideal site", John Barros, Boston's chief of economic development, told WBUR.

Amazon said it will work with each of the finalists to explore their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a partnership that can accommodate the company's hiring plans, as well as benefit its employees and the community.

Numerous passed-over contenders legitimately had a shot (cue the increasingly tech-savvy state of Utah) while others were punching well above their weight (Woonsocket, R.I., is the headquarters for CVS Health but there are only 41,000 citizens in town, according to a 2010 Census).

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"Obviously, we're disappointed that we didn't make the short list", Cunningham said. For instance, Tucson sent a giant cactus to Amazon's CEO. The group issued its own request for proposals, looking for possible sites to meet Amazon's preferences: about 500,000 square feet of space now, and up to 8 million in the future; proximity to a population center and an airport; and access to mass transit. But Amazon also made it very clear that it wanted tax breaks, grants and any other incentives. The potential locations include Boston, Chicago, New York and Columbus, Ohio. "Jeff Bezos, Amazon's chief executive who was the mastermind behind turning the search into a public process and coined the term 'HQ2, ' was also involved".

"As a thriving city with a talented and diverse workforce, culture of innovation and opportunity for all, I see no better city. for Amazon to call their second home", Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement.

Several said they don't want their competitors to know what they're offering, a stance that open-government advocates criticized.

The second headquarters is expected to cost over $5 billion in construction and will be a "complete" headquarters and not be a satellite office. The extra space will help the rapidly-growing company, which It had almost 542,000 employees at the end of September, a 77 percent jump from the year before. "Illinois' state law allows Chicago to funnel $1.32 billion of Amazon employees' income taxes back to Amazon itself; and D.C.'s proposal, released (Wednesday, Jan. 17), hints at large personal property tax deductions, and covered corporate franchise tax exemptions".

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