Amazon HQ2: Indianapolis,Chicago Make List of Finalists for 50,000 Estimated Amazon Jobs

8M square foot facility would provide jobs paying over $100,000/year and will serve as Amazon second headquarters

January 18, 2018-Amazon has announced that it has narrowed the list of possible locations for the coveted HQ2 from 238 down to 20. 19 US cities including Chicago and Indianapolis and Toronto, Canada made the list. Not surprisingly, no northwest Indiana locations made the cut. According to the request for proposals Amazon issued in 2017, the Company is seeking a location with 100 or more acres which has access to public transit and close proximity to roads and an international airport. Both Gary and Hammond submitted proposals for the project. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott acknowledged that the State Line Energy location would be a longshot.

According to a statement from the Company, “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.” Additionally, the Company states that the Seattle Headquarters generated 233,000 hotel stays and generated $25.7B in direct wages to employees. Cities have offered incentives of up to $7B in an attempt to lure the headquarters.

The list of 20 finalists includes (in alphabetical order):
– Atlanta, GA

– Austin, TX

– Boston, MA

– Chicago, IL

– Columbus, OH

– Dallas, TX

– Denver, CO

– Indianapolis, IN

– Los Angeles, CA

– Miami, FL

– Montgomery County, MD

– Nashville, TN

– Newark, NJ

– New York City, NY

– Northern Virginia, VA

– Philadelphia, PA

– Pittsburgh, PA

– Raleigh, NC

– Toronto, ON

– Washington D.C.

1 Comment

  1. You are assuming that tech workers are attracted by the outdoors, especially when talking about Chicago. Not all of them, I remember many from my days at Virginia Tech where people were complaining about Blacksburg as a horrible place because it didn’t have a night club. Haven’t you ever see the video clip for Basshunter’s Boten Anna? New York and Chicago have awesome night life, do not be surprised by their appearance on their list.

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