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Amazon shortlists 20 cities for 'HQ2′

Amazon shortlists 20 cities for 'HQ2′”

Christie, accompanied by Booker, the former mayor of Newark and his successor, Mayor Ras Baraka, presided at a white-collar, bi-partisan pep rally in mid-October in Newark at Rutgers Business School, where Christie announced that the state would endorse Newark as New Jersey's preferred location for Amazon's self-described HQ2.

The current leader appears to be Newark, N.J., which offers up to $7 billion in tax credits and incentives.

According to Mercer, a company the tracks and ranks quality of life in major cities around the world, Toronto also finished well ahead of the other USA cities still alive on Amazon's list.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, owns the Washington Post and in 2016 bought a Washington, D.C., home for a reported $23 million.

Raleigh would be an ideal location for Amazon to site its second headquarters in North America.

The trio quickly made a video and assembled a plan to offer 521 acres of land encircling the Shops of Fallen Timbers in Maumee as a site for the project dubbed "HQ2".

"It wasn't very much", Savage said. The full proposals have not been made public. "That demands nearly a city of its own". "It's really a breakthrough", he said.

He added that an Amazon headquarters in the Commonwealth could also attract alumni back to Virginia.

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Raleigh's advocates have not been shy about touting what the area would bring to the Amazon table, and they shouldn't be, though the competition isn't over. The company says it will name a victor sometime this year. "But we're encouraged. We sure didn't waste our time and money doing this", he said.

"We don't have as many people to pull from as a lot of those other cities".

"As the Toronto Global submission highlights, Mississauga's downtown site (adjacent to the Square One Shopping Centre) has immediate proximity to the City Transit Hub that provides direct access to GO Transit rail and bus services, along with light rail and bus rapid transit stops, a regional bus station, and local bus services".

El Paso wasn't the only Southwest metro area left out of the H2Q hunt: Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Houston also didn't make the list.

"We are a talent-rich place and, honestly, that should be the number one concern for a company like this", said Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason University, one of the presidents who attended the meeting convened by the partnership.

To ensure a supply of highly-skilled labor in the future, Amazon said in its request for proposals that "a strong university system is required". Dallas and Austin are the two Texas cities that made the cut, which apparently has irked Houston.

The initial bid focused on the features of the Toronto region and surrounding municipalities such as Guelph, Waterloo, Durham, Mississauga and York, he said. California Gov. Jerry Brown likely helped enhance the city's appeal with the offer of tax breaks and other incentives worth hundreds of millions of dollars should Amazon choose the California for its second home. "This was a great team effort".

That collaboration stems at least in part from previous cross-county work on the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, said Jim Murley, chief resilience officer for Miami-Dade County.

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