Back in September, TeleRead’s Chris Meadows invited Amazon to bring its second headquarters complex to Indianapolis.
I myself live in Alexandria, Virginia, just across the Potomac from D.C.
Ah, the power of the TeleRead blog! Maybe we can not only get Jeff Bozos to locate near one of us but also do ePub and text to speech as regular Kindle features.
The 20 possible locations for HQ2 are Toronto, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, Boston, New York City, Newark, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Washington, D.C., Raleigh, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, and Miami.
Besides the Washington Post, Jeff Bezos owns a D.C. mansion, so a headquarters in or near my neck of the woods would offer him an easy commute.
Speaking of commutes, the D.C. area is already pretty congested, but the tech talent pool here is vast, and many in the industry might enjoy the cultural and educational attractions.
Tellingly, most of the possibilities are in blue states. Hint, hint, hint to Donald Trump and the GOP. Maybe well-supported local and state governments actually are better for industry, regardless of your war against them. One of the locations, Toronto, in evil progressive Canada, is even outside the U.S.
238 communities competed. From the related news release:
Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy. “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.”
Amazon evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria outlined in the RFP to create the list of 20 HQ2 candidates that will continue in the selection process. In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and 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.
Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office. The company plans to invest over $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.
With more than 540,000 employees worldwide, Amazon ranks #1 on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, #2 in Fortune’s World Most Admired Companies, #1 on The Harris Poll’s Corporate Reputation survey, and #2 on LinkedIn’s U.S. most desirable companies list. Amazon was also recently included in the Military Times’ Best for Vets list of companies committed to providing opportunities for military veterans. Over the past five years, Amazon has invested more than $100 billion in the U.S., including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its teams.