Retail giant Amazon released its list of candidates for their second headquarters — HQ2 — and Worcester was not among the finalist.
“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,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy said in a statement.
Worcester presented a proposal to Amazon in October. The proposal highlighted the many qualities that the city has and offered some key incentives to the retail giant. Among those incentives were:
Up to $500 million in Real Estate Tax Savings
100% Personal Property Tax Exemption for Over Twenty Years
$1 Million in Job Creation Grant Funds
Quick and Streamlined permitting process
“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,”
According to the statement, Amazon evaluated the submitted proposals based on the criteria that was outlined in the Request For Proposal (RFP). Amazon will now turn it’s focus to working with the 20 cities selected as possible candidates to iron out a deal.
In a released statement, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. said, “Although Worcester was not selected as a finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters, the process of putting together our bid was a unique and beneficial opportunity to showcase all the great things that our city offers not only to potential companies but everyone who visits. We’re encouraged to see that Boston was among the finalists chosen which is promising for both Massachusetts and Worcester as our state continues to attract interest from some of the most highly-regarded companies in the technology sector.”
The good news for Massachusetts is that the city of Boston made the list. The cities include:
– 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
– Washington D.C.
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