Gambling site picks Boston to win Amazon's HQ2

by Antonio Miles January 22, 2018, 2:06
Gambling site picks Boston to win Amazon's HQ2

Toronto, the only city outside the United States to make the cutoff, has said it won't offer tax breaks or other subsidies.

"We got calls from people outside the market, a number of which are actively engaged in looking at portions of this property", Mr. McMahon said.

The online retailing giant announced the finalists for its so-called HQ2 Thursday, a surprisingly long list of 20 cities and states culled from an unwieldy 238 that began the process.

Clark, who has agreed to help guide the city and surrounding municipalities through the next phase of the selection process, said inclusion on the short list is a validation of the pitch that emphasized talent, diversity and quality of life in stead, not financial incentives.

Seattle leaders say they were not surprised by Amazon's announcement Thursday that neither the city nor King County made the list of finalists for the company's second headquarters, HQ2.

Bids poured in from Canadian cities from coast to coast as both major urban centres like Montreal and Halifax vied with smaller dark-horse competitors such as Sault Ste.

Three metropolitan Washington, D.C., sites made the cut, while Toronto was the only non-US city on the list. "But the truth of Newark in the last decade plus has been of a city charging back, and reclaiming its space, step by step, as one of America's greatest cities", Booker said.

Though their HQ2 proposals are not fully public, none of these cities - nor Amazon in its RFP - have openly mentioned the possible ramifications of climate change on HQ2.

Toronto Mayor John Tory celebrated the city's triumph at a news conference, in which he likened the inclusion on the short list to "making the playoffs" in a sports tournament.

Detroit and MI offered some too, but we are not being told what that offer was.

Some cities chose to publicly release their bid packages after they were submitted to Amazon, and Halifax's was just as good as any of those, said Partnership CEO Ron Hanlon.

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"My feeling is that the offer might be enhanced at that point in time", Jones said.

The "Toronto Region" lauded in the bid also includes Hamilton. "I think Amazon should have selected Halifax, but we understand and that is the way things work". The e-commerce giant solicited bids from cities with populations of at least 1 million and ready access to an global airport and got 238 applications.

However, Augustine doesn't see this as a loss - in fact, he said it's the exact opposite.

The sentiment was echoed by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who said the depth of Ontario's talent pool combined with government supports unique to Canada would make the province an ideal home for the new headquarters.

Toronto, a growing tech hub, was the only city outside the US on the list.

In an email to the task force, Amazon said it plans to keep the proposal on hand for the future.

Amazon had stipulated it was seeking to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be within 45 minutes of an worldwide airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade. The company also has warehouses and business hubs around the country.

As for what President Donald Trump will think if Amazon does indeed choose to go across the border? "We're not Toronto", Moran said.

Amazon owner Jeff Bezos also owns the New York Times, a news outlet that Trump has repeatedly criticized.

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