We’re up against stiff competition for a second AMAZON headquarters (HQ2). On the short list – Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, Boston, New York City, Newark, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Montgomery County, Raleigh, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, Miami and TORONTO.
“Today (January 18/2018) we are announcing the communities that will proceed to the next step in the HQ2 process. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity.” – AMAZON
AMAZON expects to invest over $5-billion in construction and grow HQ2 by as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. It will be fully equal to SEATTLE’S HQ1. As well, tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in investments in the surrounding community would no doubt follow. In the second and final round, AMAZON representatives will communicate directly with finalist cities. It will be their opportunity to be even more outspoken on why they should be chosen. The winner will be selected before year’s end.
MAYOR JOHN TORY – “We’ve made the playoffs. There’s lots more work to do to win the Amazon HQ2 bid . . . We are excited to have this opportunity to be able to tell TORONTO’s unique story.”