Amazon Names Austin to the Shortlist for HQ2

by | Jan 18, 2018 | Austin News | 0 comments

Amazon has included Austin as a possible site for its second headquarters.

The Austin American Statesman reports that Austin made the shortlist of cities that might be named home to Amazon HQ2.  

Amazon plans to put $5 billion dollars into their 2nd Headquarters. They will hire 50,000 professional workers at high salaries in whatever city they land. The goal is an “HQ2” that equals their current Seattle offices.

238 cities in the US, Canada and Mexico put their hats into the ring in 2017. Amazon set forth a few requirements for cities. Those included a population of more than one million people. Cities also had to be already attracting employees in the tech sector.

Austin doesn’t plan to give Amazon any local financial incentives. However, Texas governor Greg Abbott has promised state incentives. Dallas also made the list of top 20 cities.

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Texas governor Greg Abbott has promised state incentives.

Mayor Steve Adler wants to work with Amazon on mobility and affordability issues if the city is picked.  The Mayor has said Austin would have to look closely at the pros and cons of having such a huge company in town. He has expressed concerns about how the headquarters would affect Austin multiple times.

The Governor issued a statement saying he is very excited about Austin and Dallas making the cut. He said he thinks Texas is an ideal location for the new HQ.

The other cities on the list are:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Northern Virginia
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Boston, Massachusettes
  • New York, New York
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Miami, Florida
  • Toronto.

Amazon plans to name the chosen city later in 2018.

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