Amazon has narrowed the group of potential sites for its second headquarters to 20 locations and Toronto is the only Canadian city to make the list. The Seattle-based company selected the finalists from 238 proposals.
Amazon said it will spend $5 billion at the winning location and will employ 50,000 there. A final decision will be made later this year.
In a statement, Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall says he is proud of the local bid and is pleased with the success of some of the initial objectives.
“Our bid to bring Amazon’s second world-headquarters to Simcoe County appears to have formally ended,” he said. “But our efforts to promote our region to business investors around the world can certainly be viewed as a huge success and we celebrate the businesses and industries that are already located here and have discovered the benefits of working and living in this region. Our objectives were to promote our area with the goal of ultimately creating jobs and investment in Simcoe County.
“Through our North of Ordinary pitch, which received incredible media coverage and social media engagement within and beyond our borders, we’ve shown the GTA, the province, the federal government and international markets the Simcoe County experience and opportunity is North of Ordinary – beyond regular – and we’re investment ready.”
The 20 finalists, in alphabetical order, are: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Indianapolis, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Montgomery County, MD; Nashville, TN; Newark, NJ; New York City, NY; Northern Virginia, VA; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh, NC; Toronto, ON and Washington D.C.
“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon public policy executive, in a news release. “Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity. 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.”
Marshall adds, even though Simcoe County wasn’t successful in their bid, they are ready to help Toronto in their quest.
“We certainly remain available to assist the Toronto bid partners and the Province of Ontario in any way on their continuing efforts with Amazon,” he said.