Austin and Dallas Make the Short List for Amazon’s HQ2

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Texas is the only state to have two cities as finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America.

Austin and Dallas made the list of the top 20 cities in North America under consideration for the $5 billion project, which is expected to create as many as 50,000 jobs.

Amazon reported it reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host HQ2, its second headquarters.

The other cities being considered for the project include: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Indianapolis, Indiana, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County, MD, Nashville, Newark, New Jersey, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, North Carolina, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

“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,” Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy, said in a news release. “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.”

The next phase involves Amazon working with each of the locations to get more information and to “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.”

Reacting to the news, Justin Bayne, founder of Austin’s SkylesBayne, commercial real estate company and Chief Development Officer of Firmspace, said in a news statement: “Austin is poised to be the home for Amazon’s HQ2.”

“The city’s population has surpassed 2 million, which is the magic market number in terms of attracting next level national retailers, pro sports teams and sprawling corporate campuses like Amazon and Apple. Austin’s vibrant downtown scene and secondary business district at The Domain are intelligently built to disperse the city’s population density and accommodate the influx of growth that Amazon or Apple would bring,” Bayne said.

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, through its Opportunity Austin economic development program, submitted a bid on behalf of the Austin Texas region for the proposed Amazon HQ2.

“We are pleased that the Austin region has advanced to the second round,” Mike Berman, senior vice president of communications for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release. “We look forward to presenting the best of what our region has to offer and how we can partner with Amazon. At this point we have no further information.”

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