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Getting Serious: Amazon Executives Return To Miami For Another HQ2 Visit

Getting Serious: Amazon Executives Return To Miami For Another HQ2 Visit

Amazon continues to seriously study Miami for the company’s HQ2.

Amazon executives were in Miami within the past 30 days for a follow up visit to scout HQ2 sites, according to three confidential sources cited by the SFBJ. It is at least the second such visit to Miami this year.

During the most recent visit, Amazon officials took a close look at the Park West and Overtown area, a source said. The Miami Innovation District, Miami Worldcenter, and Brightline’s MiamiCentral are among the projects under construction or planned there.

Amazon is now down to just a handful of cities still in the running for HQ2, and Miami is one of them, a source said.

In September, founder, chairman, and CEO Jeff Bezos was photographed at the Fontainebleau’s club LIV.

A decision will be announced before the end of the year.

 

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Admit it, it was the fresh smell of baked pastelitos and fried croquetas that fanned its way into Bezos nose, giving him whiffs of nostalgia from his high school days here in Miami. He just couldn’t resist.

Anonymous
Anonymous

…or how much his hometown has grown, and how he could be a part of it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This would be an amazing thing to happen for the city of Miami and South Florida as a whole.

Hoping it happens. Have a good feeling it will.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Agree , this would be amazing

Anonymous
Anonymous

If we get this I hope officials will use the increase in funds to build infrastructure *cough*masstransit*cough*

Anonymous
Anonymous

They will say they will and then build a highway. Get ready for the Carlos Gimenez Amazon Prime Memorial highway!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Our “elected officials” better bend over and spread for this. It’s the least which they can do as elected officials.

Anonymous
Anonymous

no actually, they can do whats in the best interest of the city which includes doing whats best for the residents who live here already as opposed to the ones that’ll move here specifically to work for amazon

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oh shut the hell up!!!

suomynona
suomynona

Because the increased economic activity Amazon would bring wouldn’t be good for ALL residents of Miami?

Anonymous
Anonymous

not saying that, OP said its the least they can do… the least they can do is work on glaring problems that exist in the city: crime, homelessness, infrastructure, poverty, education/schools, etc. Bringing amazon is not a cure all and therefore shouldn’t be elected officials’ only focus. thats plain wrong to suggest that

suomynona
suomynona

Nobody said it was a cure-all. So get that weak strawman argument out of here.

marc
marc

Is that you Peter Ehrlich?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Its probably going somewhere downtown. Brightline being the biggest beneficiary since employees and execs can also live in Broward and Palm Beach.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Your comment about where Amazon should be if Miami wins
actually makes more sense than most.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Especially because Brighline at only $50 round trip from WPB and $30 from Ft Laud is only a $1,000 or $600 montlhy expense for Amazon employees, and they don’t even need to maintain a car.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Overtown is good enough for Amazon but not for the Mas bros.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The Innovation District isnt Overtown, but could benefit from the Overtown Improvement District money.

suomynona
suomynona

No. Not technically Overtown. But close enough. Literally bordering Overtown.

Anonymous
Anonymous

We got this #305

Anonymous
Anonymous

The tax papers should know what they are giving up here vs what they are getting back

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Confidential Sources” Lol

Anonymous
Anonymous

Snitches get stiches….

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’m curious, how much the NAP of the Americas data center impacts Amazons decision.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami is winning!

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is because there’s so much value in the Latin American economy and Amazon wants the sales revenues from Venezuela.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I would be very happy if Amazon choses Miami for his HQ2, But I would like to share something interesting that I found. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNpWrbifUzE
This video is in SPANISH. I assume most of you guys are Miamians or Latin decent, so you won’t have any problem understanding the message. For people that only speak ENGLISH; my most sincere apologies. I really tried to look for this video in an English version but I was not able to find it. So don’t hate comments please.

I hope you guys enjoy it. At least try to watch the first 12 minutes.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I watched the video but what they are showcasing is sadly, nothing new. Almost every major multi-national corp pays next to NOTHING in taxes, including and especially Amazon. GE is just one of countless multi-national corps that circumvent taxes with loopholes in our tax laws that oh by the way, favor them. They do exactly what amazon does except they send money to Switzerland and the Caribbean to name a few. GE even got a hefty tax return a few years ago look it up. So here is the point, and the bigger picture folks: Amazon is playing the fiddle to all of these so called finalist cities to extract as much incentives as possible. They say they’re bringing thousands of high paying jobs but did you know that the American tax payers are assisting most of Amazon’s employees? Here’s how they do it: – Pay a lousy wage – overwork them – keep benefits at a minimum – keep # of employees as low as possible and let automation do the rest – in the end you have the perfect candidate for goverment assistance. Low wages, low education = housing and food aid every month. Most amazon warehouse/driver employees… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Lol, that’s funny, the Miami Innovation District has been nothing but a pipe dream for years so I don’t know why it’s even being mentioned.

Anonymous
Anonymous

i think the idea is that if amazon comes it’ll be built

Anonymous
Anonymous

Well I’m glad that Miami Worldcenter and Brightline’s MiamiCentral didn’t wait for Amazon.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Which is why I’m hoping Amazon is interested in the Miami Innovation District site.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Awesome!!The Great Monopoly is coming to Town along with it’s $8 per hour Jobs. Those empty Luxury units will sure sell out fast!!

Flymia
Flymia

One an HQ is not full of minimum hour employees.

Second, read up, Amazon has a $15/hr minimum wage now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

So!

Anonymous
Anonymous

People are waiting to move to Miami, so many advantage to be in Miami!

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s still a monopoly….Mid-town fought tooth & nail against Walmart because it kills small businesses, but for Amazon everyone seems to pull their pants down! Go Figure!

Anonymous
Anonymous

How can Amazon believe there is a pool of qualified employees here in Miami when the business section of the only daily newspaper is filled with recalls of contaminated beef…

Anonymous
Anonymous

Like they said in “Field of Dreams:” Build it and they will come. http://bit.ly/2PNdWf3

suomynona
suomynona

Yup. People will go where the jobs are.