Geekwire: Ranking Amazon's HQ2 short list

Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson

Amazon released a short list of 20 cities the company is considering for a second headquarters.

Amazon's newest headquarters will not be in the Elm City - or any CT city for that matter.

Almost all the cities on Amazon's list already have growing economies, low unemployment and highly educated populations.

The Associated Press reports that online retailing giant said that after sorting through 238 proposals, the potential locations still include tech-strong places such as Boston and NY. But the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Grand Rapids, Mich., didn't make the cut.

"Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough - all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity", Holly Sullivan, of Amazon Public Policy, said in a statement.

The Seattle-based company set off fierce competition last fall when it announced that it was looking for a second home, promising 50,000 jobs and construction spending of more than $5 billion. In the South, Miami and Atlanta are being considered.

"To New York and other cities competing, Chicago is coming after you", he said Thursday.

Mark Abraham '04, executive director of the data analysis nonprofit DataHaven, said Amazon's request for proposals suggested a preference for large cities, which he said often have stronger airport connections and a larger pool of workers from which to draw. The retailing behemoth has made clear that tax breaks and grants will be a big factor in its decision.

Chicago said releasing such information "could give an advantage to another applicant". Some of that growth came from Amazon's almost $14 billion acquisition a year ago of the Whole Foods grocery chain and its 89,000 employees.

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