Vancouver Left Off Shortlist For Amazon HQ2

Based in the northwest city of Seattle, Washington, Amazon announced in October it was looking for a second headquarters - dubbed HQ2 - which would get an investment of $5 billion and create at least 50,000 jobs. Many of those cities are out of the running today, as Amazon has delivered its short list of 20 finalists for its next headquarters.

And there's a clear cluster around D.C., including Washington itself; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Northern Virginia.

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. Amazon said it would consider locations that were not chosen as finalists for future investments. The area is vibrant with business and diverse in population but with many high-tech oriented young people; it boasts multiple universities, has good public schools, and has good locations for potential sites.

Only two cities west of the Rockies made the cut: Los Angeles and Denver.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker echoed Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday, saying it's "too early" to talk incentives for Amazon as the Seattle-based online giant searches for someplace to locate its second headquarters.

"I believe this is a wake-up call for Houston", CEO Bob Harvey said in a statement.

As Gilbert said in a booster's statement, "Detroit is the most exciting city in the country right now and the momentum continues to build every single day".

"We ought to have a Team Canada approach here, and so I think you have to make sure that the city, the province and the federal government are working hand-in-hand together to say, 'Let's have a win for Canada'".

Amazon also received bids from cities in Mexican regions, but ended up narrowing the list of finalists to USA and Canadian cities, according to the Times.

Sioux Falls didn't pitch itself to Amazon for some simple reasons, said Dan Dziedzic, acting president of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. Carlson said any location that lands the headquarters can expect an uptick in its economy, an increase in high tech jobs and growth in its job market. Some cities like Columbus offered Amazon future incentives like income tax refunds, property tax abatements and a transportation plan, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

  • Carolyn Briggs