The Winner Of Amazon’s Second Headquarters is…

No, we don’t know yet, but the list has gone from hundreds to just 20.  Meanwhile, Kevin Price, Host of the Price of Business on the Biz Talk Radio Network, recently interviewed Tom Stringer of BDO Consulting, who has a kept a close eye on Amazon’s process to get a second headquarters.  Price and Stringer do a review of the finalists and Stringer makes a prediction that Washington, DC will win the  headquarters:

Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexicoto host HQ2, the company’s second headquarters in North America. Today, Amazon announced it has chosen the following 20 metropolitan areas to move to the next phase of the process (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  DC

“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy. “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.”

Amazon evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria outlined in the RFP to create the list of 20 HQ2 candidates that will continue in the selection process. In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community. Amazon expects to make a decision in  2018.

Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office. The company plans to invest over $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding  community.

With more than 540,000 employees worldwide, Amazon ranks #1 on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, #2 in Fortune’s World Most Admired Companies, #1 on The Harris Poll’s Corporate Reputation survey, and #2 on LinkedIn’s U.S. most desirable companies list. Amazonwas also recently included in the Military Times’ Best for Vets list of companies committed to providing opportunities for military veterans. Over the past five years, Amazon has invested more than $100 billion in the U.S., including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its  teams.

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