MoCo Among 20 Finalists for Amazon HQ2

Montgomery County along with 19 other metropolitan areas, have made the short list for Amazon’s 2nd North American headquarters.

Amazon received 238 proposals from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, but narrowed it down to these 20:

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. Dallas, TX
  7. Denver, Co
  8. Indianapolis, IN
  9. Los Angles, CA
  10. Miami, FL
  11. Montgomery County, MD
  12. Nashville, TN
  13. Newark, NJ
  14. New York City, NY
  15. Northern Virginia, VA
  16. Philadelphia, PA
  17. Pittsburgh, PA
  18. Raleigh, NC
  19. Toronto, ON
  20. Washington D.C.

Amazon Press Release quoted Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy:

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. 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’s final decision is expected this year, after they evaluate the proposals further.

The new Amazon headquarters will be equal to its Seattle office and is expected to create 50,000 “high-paying” jobs.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett released a statement January 18:

I am extremely pleased and proud that Amazon selected Montgomery County, Md. to enter into future discussions regarding locating their second headquarters. I want to thank Governor Hogan and his entire team for their strong support in helping to create a compelling case for the County.