Hamilton Just Lost the Amazon 2nd Headquarters Bid

According to CNBC, Amazon Inc. has just narrowed their list of 238 proposals to just 20 cities, and Hamilton didn’t make the cut.

Surprisingly, Toronto did make the top 20 which has shocked many analysts given the murky future of trade with the US, especially with NAFTA looking to be overhauled by the Trump administration.

The winning city will have Amazon spend $5 billion and employ 50,000 people over a 10-year period, which is a staggering amount of capital injected by a single company.

If Toronto was to win, there is no doubt in my mind that Hamilton and our city’s ports would be utilized for the new headquarters, bringing some economic benefit our way.

The loss does come at a price for Hamilton as half of the budget for the $500K bid was funded by the city, with the other half funded by private donors.

However, Hamilton doesn’t see it as a complete loss because the assembled information can be used for future bids. Plus, we got a pretty cool video out of it too.

The full list of the top 20 cities left in the race includes:

  • 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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