Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Twin Cities doesn't make the cut for new Amazon HQ

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Nellie Chapman | 20 January, 2018, 08:04

Amazon's announcement in September that it was looking for a location for a second headquarters set off a flurry of activity among cities and communities nationwide.

"Well I don't know, but I'm excited that they're considering us", said Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne.

Amazon received 239 proposals from cities across the USA, including Birmingham and Huntsville.

"We responded to their RFP and worked with the Somerset County Business Partnership to pull together a package", explained Colin Driver, Somerville Economic Development director.

"I think you get two sides to the coin: one of those is probably going to be an increase in traffic, but hopefully MoPac is done by then", said White.

She said it could bring big things to the area. "This is not about asking a company to come here and giving them tax breaks". But Amazon and its suppliers could provide opportunities for Fort Wayne and northeast IN in particular, he said.

"If we can't get it, I'd like to see Philadelphia get it", he said.

Former Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher said at the time that Somerville had just as much to offer the Seattle-based conglomerate as did Newark.

There is a potential that workers from northeast IN would move for jobs IN Indianapolis, but that's true any day, Sampson said.

But Southern Indiana officials remained sunny about the area's prospects outside of Amazon.

"I think it's important to recognize that if it's good for IN, it's good for Fort Wayne", he said.

That's likely to give a leg up to cities that already have large tech sectors, such as Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Raleigh, North Carolina, all of which were on Amazon's list.

Amazon plans to make a decision by the end of the year.

Online giant Amazon says it is still considering the District of Columbia and its suburbs in its search for a second headquarters. He said everyone involved is incredibly proud of the proposal submitted.

The tantalizing prospect of so many high-paying jobs delivered an avalanche of proposals from around the country.