Report says Missouri offered Amazon incentives for HQ2
Jan 22, 2018, 01:33
The company announced Nashville as a top 20 candidate for its second headquarter facility, dubbed HQ2, a full equal to its Seattle headquarters.
Other finalists include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Raleigh, Miami and more. The announcement comes almost three months after Miami submitted its proposal to bring the company's hub to South Florida.
Amazon said it evaluated each of the bids based on the criteria it previously outlined, such as proximity to a major airport and ability to attract tech talent.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development on Friday released details of the state's proposal to create an "innovation corridor" between Kansas City and St. Louis, rather than building the headquarters on one site in the state.
The Seattle-based e-commerce giant's search for a location for a second North American headquarters set off a frenzy among city officials jostling for the economic boost such a project represents, with some of the 238 initial bidders promising billions of dollars in tax breaks.
"As Nashville continues to be evaluated, it can help the entire Middle Tennessee market", said Hixson, who said national and global eyes could turn to the area based on Amazon's interest.
"When you have a project of that size, there's certainly going to be suppliers and other industries that come with it", Hixson said.
Amazon said it's expected to invest over $5 billion in construction and create an estimated 50,000 "high-paying" jobs in the HQ2 city.
Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office.
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"I believe labor will determine the location at the end of the day", Hixson said.
"We expect to get very involved because at this point we will start to get into the more specific granular kind of questions and need to provide probably more specific answers to 'why Miami?'", Duerk said.
After playing the key role in reducing and revamping Florida's economic development program past year, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has no interest in developing a state incentive plan to bring Amazon's new headquarters to Florida.
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