Indy Makes Amazon HQ2 Final 20; Cincy Left Out
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Cincinnati is out of the running for Amazon’s HQ2, but Indianapolis remains hopeful.
The internet retail giant announced Thursday that it has narrowed the field of potential homes for its new headquarters to 20 cities. Nearly 240 cities had submitted bids.
Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio both made the short list. Other cities appearing include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington D.C.
“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. “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.”
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was thrilled to see Indianapolis in the list of finalists.
“It speaks to Indiana’s growing reputation on the world stage as a great state to locate and grow a business. We look forward to working with the central Indiana region and Amazon as they continue to narrow their list of potential sites for HQ2,” the governor said in a statement.
“This morning’s announcement of Indianapolis as a finalist recognizes our key assets and talent as world-class,” noted Indy Chamber Chief Economic Development Officer Maureen Krauss. “We were prepared and will continue to abide by the wishes of Amazon, our customer, and their process.”
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said no matter Amazon’s final decision, Indianapolis is already a big winner.
Amazon is expected to select the site for HQ2 later in 2018. Whichever city is awarded the headquarters, it will create an economic boom as the facility will cost at least $5 billion and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.