Amazon Names Miami A Finalist For HQ2

Miami is among the top 20 cities chosen by Amazon as a potential site for their second headquarters.

238 proposals were submitted.

On Monday, TNM will publish fantastic new details of the proposal that was sent to Amazon.

 

Amazon Announces Candidates for HQ2
Amazon expects to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and invest over $5 billion in the city where it opens HQ2, a full equal to its Seattle HQ

January 18, 2018 09:03 AM Eastern Standard Time
SEATTLE–(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to host HQ2, the company’s second headquarters in North America. Today, Amazon announced it has chosen the following 20 metropolitan areas to move to the next phase of the process (in alphabetical order):

“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”

– 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.

“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. “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.”

Amazon evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria outlined in the RFP to create the list of 20 HQ2 candidates that will continue in the selection process. In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community. Amazon expects to make a decision in 2018.

Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office. The company plans to invest over $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.

With more than 540,000 employees worldwide, Amazon ranks #1 on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, #2 in Fortune’s World Most Admired Companies, #1 on The Harris Poll’s Corporate Reputation survey, and #2 on LinkedIn’s U.S. most desirable companies list. Amazon was also recently included in the Military Times’ Best for Vets list of companies committed to providing opportunities for military veterans. Over the past five years, Amazon has invested more than $100 billion in the U.S., including corporate offices, development and research centers, fulfillment infrastructure, and compensation to its teams.


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Anonymous
3 years ago

As soon as they meet our commissioners and their governing process, they will run for the hills.

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

*drive to meet the commissioners

Anonymous
3 years ago

and stuck in front of the opened Brickell bridge…

Anonymous
3 years ago

The commissioners will whore themselves for HQ2

Anonymous
3 years ago

They tried to lure Amazon with their SMART transit plan. lmao!. If they only knew of the broken promises with public transit.

currently in gridlock traffic
3 years ago

Amazon: So what are the plans for future public transit?

Me: A 2002 half penny sales tax. Oh no, wait :*(

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

Bezos graduated from college the same time the Metromover was built in 1986. Besides the tricounty real (Bright Line, Amtrak, etc.), how was rapid county transit changed?

The airport extension has been great as well as having the free metromover.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Just heard Gimenez on the news about Amazon and the requirement for transit. And i quote:

” our transit system is our strength, a lot of people think it’s not, but it is ”

I almost fell out of my chair.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Gimenez to Bezos:
We have the best cafecito a young professional can have.

Anonymous
3 years ago

But it will cost you a couple of $1000s toward our pockets (mayor/commissioners fees)

Anonymous
3 years ago

I also noticed in the proposal that they included ” the Miami innovation district ” in there. The one being developed by Michael Simkins. Man, I really hope that project gets done and Simkins seems really determined for it. This is where I imagined Amazon to put their headquarters followed by other tech giants.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Simkins already cleared the area for development and said he is 100% committed.

https://www.thenextmiami.com/site-innovation-district-proposed-cleared/

The extra bonus fact that Miami included the innovation district in their proposal to lure Amazon is a pretty good sign for development.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Oye, When they come down just take them to the beach and feed them pastelito y croquetas con una malta and that’s it, it’s done. Miami will win.

Carlos P.
3 years ago

Lol.But make sure it’s from Vicky Bakery broder!

Luchiano Montero
3 years ago

I LOVE THIS! Hahaha!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Gustavo Cisneros described Miami as the Istambul of the modern times. There is no better hub place than this beautiful city in the US.

Highly bilingual educated people. Unrivaled connectivity (Port, Airport, Train). Less than 5 hours to New York or most import Capital Cities in Latin America and 6 hours to Europe. No State Tax (tax incentives). Affordable housing compared to NY or California. Great weather. ❤️ Miami!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes everything is perfect here. It’s spelled Istanbul, with an n. Not at all highly educated.

Anonymous
3 years ago

… and you must be another genius

Anonymous
3 years ago

Bravo!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Besides Tally and Gainesville I wouldn’t call any part of Florida highly educated and I’m from here by the way.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Those aren’t even the best schools in Florida. Miami has The U, which is now more highly ranked than UF and (LOL) FSU.

Anonymous
3 years ago

UM is better than UF? LOL

Me Meto
3 years ago

UF grads are a bunch of underachievers with a false sense of entitlement and a chip on their shoulder.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Totally! OMG! This is so true. I know a UF undergraduate who thought he was the best, went to Ivy League grad school, and is probably making $80k a year at 36.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I would greatly challenge the supposed “unrivaled connectivity” especially when compared to the cities in the North East that were created with the infrastructure to support connectivity. And by no means is Europe 6 hours away, at minimum your talking about an 8-9 flight to Western Europe.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You are in give or take 6 hours to London, Madrid, Paris or Lisbon.
3 hours to Caracas, Bogota, Panama City; two hours to Mexico, Costa Rica, and most of the Caribbean +- 1 hour…

Anonymous
3 years ago

6 hours to where in Europe?????

No Tesla!
3 years ago

Lisbon when the wind is good!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Congratulations to Miami for making it to second round.. says a lot about our city. Optimistic.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Beating cities like Topeka, Kansas is no big feat.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Maybe they read the ” Chinese view Miami as the Hong Kong of the West ” statement here on the TNM article and bam! selected Miami in the top 20.

marc
3 years ago

We’re more than likely not winning but coming out in the Top 20 out of 238 cities is nothing to be ashamed of. We have a ways to go but we’re getting closer to becoming a complete city.

Miami is the future
3 years ago

Come home Amazon….we are ready for you

Mr. Smith
3 years ago

If Amazon is positioning itself to expand its Latin American market share while covering the east coast, it will be hard to beat Miami. Why else would they want a second headquarters? They could simply expand their Seattle headquarters.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Would make sense. HQ1 is in the NW Seattle and HQ2 should be at its opposite – SE , where Miami is at.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami has something the other cities wish they had: Palmetto High, the school Bezos graduated from in 1982. He’s also a big Beach Boys fan and as they once ordered, “Be True to Your School.” http://bit.ly/2mRXwpR Case closed.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Business is business, it’s not personal.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami-Dade could offer up Amazon it’s own personal runway, i.e., Opa Locka Airport as the clincher since the company is already building a mega distribution center there where they could, if they wanted, build their HQ2 campus on the grounds. That said, I would love to see them suck up most of the floor space on Tibor Hollo’s One Bayfront Plaza and hang the Amazon shingle from the top. The top executives can live next door in the 300 Biscayne Tower.

Anonymous
3 years ago

So much negativity in these comments. All cities have positives and negatives, Miami is a great city! Even if they end up choosing a different site we should all be proud to have made it to the top 20 out of 238 entries.

Anonymous
3 years ago

We should be proud and happy when they make Miami their HQ.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It’s not the city. The city itself with its diversity and culture is beautiful. It’s the corrupt government and those at the wheel of that corruption that makes it ugly.

Jesus
3 years ago

You know, someone here on this forum should start a petition through the Next Miami. Who knows? We can influence government very well through here. Hahaha

Anonymous
3 years ago

Which finalist is going to give them the most tax breaks/discounted land? That’s the one who will land this.

That’s literally the determining factor. Nothing else.

Jesus
3 years ago

True, but they should look at the location of Miami on a map. We are at the center of commerce for the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and even Europe and Africa. They should move here because of the location. Not the taxes. They’re getting money more than any company could have ever dreamed of.

Anonymous
3 years ago

False. Amazon has surprisingly low margins. Location is only one of the factors. An educated workforce, quality of life, and tax breaks are probably much more important.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I agree 100%

Jesus
3 years ago

This needs to happen here for the good of Miami. Although, they have three locations they are looking at in the DC area, it seems they might give Miami the title for HQ2 but their interest in three different areas in DC seem to show they want to place a location over there. Hopefully not. This will be great news for the progress of Miami. Miami would have been in a better position had the county, city, and the state taken care of things a lot better. We’ll see what happens though. Hopefully, we get it and we can lure more companies here in the tech industry and maybe build the Innovation District.

Anonymous
3 years ago

We don’t know exactly what Amazon is looking for even though they gave us a few details. Each city left on the list has it’s pluses and minuses. Everything Amazon have said they want so far no city has all of it. New York for instance where would you build a HQ2 there? it’s crowded as hell! Miami is perfect because of obvious reason an there are plenty of land to build downtown. Far as education don’t down talk Miami we have FIU, MDC and UM. It’s not like they can’t hire kids from USF, UCF, UF or FSU so education isn’t an issue he in Florida. I say to Amazon let Miami be your pick! Don’t build in an already well established city help take a city like Miami to another level. We are the city of the future and with Amazon on board Miami will become World Class.

Anonymous
3 years ago

For your consideration… http://bit.ly/2mSNuEY

Anonymous
3 years ago

That’s pretty awesome!

Miami needs this
3 years ago

Call me crazy (which I’m sure you will) but Mana COULD POTENTIALLY influence the decision if Miami is still considered a top pick with all the real estate he controls in downtown and wynwood and weather or not he would provide any personal incentives, or cater directly to, AMZN as far as customizing any future developments for their direct benefit…that is if he is serious about actually developing anything or just simply land banking/flipping. Just a thought nothing more 🙂

Mana has Mono
3 years ago

that’s the only way that farce will recoup his fcked up investment plan

Anonymous
3 years ago

Amazons business brings him more business! It would make since for him to get involved, Amazon coming to Miami would mean more development for Miami.

Jesus
3 years ago

That would be good. Will he do it? He’s in the business of making money. He probably won’t.

Come on Mana
3 years ago

If he truly cares about the future of Miami as he claims he does then he will do everything he can to get Amazon here and I do believe that he will have at least a seat at the table if it comes to that.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I call you crazy. Mana is a clown.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami is the perfect place for amazon , close to an easy connection from everywhere in the world …… even from Asia ( cargo maritime ) through the Panama Canal , now with its new expansion , that’ s why there are so many new warehouses under construction

Anonymous
3 years ago

Also, I believe Miami is the largest city among the 20 finalists, which still has a substantial amount of available vacant land close to the Downtown area. It will make it much easier to built a massive HQ nearby a large transportation HUB.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Let’s go Miami! Will be in the next round as well!

Anonymous
3 years ago

This would be amazing and help move Miami’s public transportation, among other items forward with Amazon’s huge investment. We (Miamians) should do everything in our power to support and secure Amazon’s vote. If any of you commenting have any power, please do your part to help rather then spew negativity. Be the change you want to see in your city…..

Anonymous
3 years ago

If I had to bet, I’d say it’ll be one of the three DC area locations. Amazon would have a lot of influence in the capital, and Bezos owns the Washington Post.

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

It’s easier and cheaper to hire lobbyists than set up a giant headquarters. The only merit I see to that argument would be to help its AWS business with federal contracts.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thing about DC is their building codes, building can’t be over a certain height. I doubt DC will be the winner, when they build they want to be able to build what they want without having to deal with the type of code.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami should be the hands down favorite. Key words; Amazon has 540,000 employees worldwide. Miami is in the center of a economic growth market. 21 million people in Florida and 40 million people in the Caribbean Basin. Plus million more people in South America. Miami has more Brazilian citizens than any city outside of Brazil. None of the cities on the current list can match Miami’s year round weather conditions for recreational activities and working conditions. In addition to having the world’s largest mall (American Dreams Miami) and theme park (Walt Disney World) in its backyard.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Huh? American Dreams Miami is of now nothing more than a dream. Besides, nobody locates corp. offices because of shopping malls.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Pasé un ratico por este lugar, solo encontré grillos al oscurecer, con esas opiniones encontradas,se parecen a los comisionados;el acuerdo final será despues de las nubes.saludos.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami, sin discución,lugar ideal

jeff bozos
3 years ago

One of Amazon’s major requests is bike lanes and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods… *looks up Miami’s history of pedestrian deaths* … we’ll get ’em next time..

Anonymous
3 years ago

Surprised that we were the only city in Florida that made it. That just means they don’t care about taxes very much and are looking for quality of life for their employees. Either way if i was a betting man I would put my money on Atlanta.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I don’t understand why would someone consider Atlanta over Miami (20 years ago… maybe… not today). Most LATAM HQ are moving from Atlanta to Miami. This City is the Singapore or Hong Kong of the Americas.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Amazon is looking for a domestic office with a variety of travel options. Being that Atlanta is a large east coast hub for air travel, it would be a good choice for a HQ. Also, the cost of living is relatively moderate. I’m all for AMZN coming to Miami but I think we pose a higher logistical long term risk with sea level rise that Atlanta does not. Florida it self has more going for it that Georgia IMO, so that is why I was surprised that Jacksonville, Tampa, or Orlando didn’t make the list and thus my previous comment that I think they don’t really care about the taxes in the state to much.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You should move to Atlanta.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Apparently you didn’t read my comment or your reading comprehension is non-existent.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Very nice informative comments you made. Amazing how people on here attack anything they disagree with rather than making a case. It’s just a bunch of dumb Miami cheerleaders.

Candela
3 years ago

Amazon has not specifically stated that HQ2 would be domestic. The implication is the opposite. Name one major US corporation with two main domestic headquarters? Problem is that if Amazon openly admits that they are building a Latin America HQ, they would lose too much negotiating leverage because Miami would become the obvious front runner.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Your realize Miami is a major east coast airline hub? Can you name a major city in the States that can’t be flown to non-stop from Miami? There’s only one (Portland). Miami has flights to Tulsa and Omaha even.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Atlanta

Anonymous
3 years ago

I agree with you, I think they’re going to pick Atlanta.

Anonymous
3 years ago

If they are going to pick Atlanta, then why “announce” or even bother with a list of narrowed down cities? Just say, ok we pick Atlanta – let’s move already. That’s like already picking Miss universe halfway through the show’s process. We already got her ladies, but keep on with the next hour of the show. Thank you for coming and cooperating.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Because this is great PR for Amazon. Look at all the free publicity it has gotten over this. It’s no different than Lebron’s decision. Amazon will be all over the news again when they have their top 10, top 5, top 2, and grand finale.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Ahhh, the publicity. Missed it. Thanks.

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

Miami usually struggles on those quality of life values because of property values and traffic along with CPI. Yes, sun beach pools and fashion are nice to have.

Jesus
3 years ago

Let’s not forget about the better business climate in Miami. Sure, we need better education, transit but we have very low taxes and regulation compared to the rest of the nation.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Huh? Miami has low taxes, and if quality of life for employees were the main thing then they’d put the HQ on Singer Island.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I don’t want Amazon to be here in Miami. If in Florida,they should establish in Naples or Sanibel island. I think it’s best.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I agree. Somewhere nice and quiet. But I think they should of made their headquarters in Opa Locka.

Danny Costa
3 years ago

Put the HQ in the downtown Miami. That’s what cities are for.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Doral,next to the Trump golf resort has my vote for cities.