Mayor: Miami Has A ‘Great Chance’ Of Landing Amazon HQ2

County mayor Carlos Gimenez is highly optimistic about Miami’s chances of landing Amazon’s HQ2.

Speaking at the Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal event held July 25, the mayor said Miami has a “great chance” of landing Amazon, thanks to a very competitive bid and unbeatable location.

Gimenez’s confidence is in contrast to what gamblers have been betting. Online sportsbook Bovada gives Miami the lowest odds of the remaining finalist cities, thanks to the small incentives thought to be offered (Northern Virginia is at +240, while Miami is at +7500).

Miami officials are being tight-lipped about their contact with Amazon. But officials from other cities say they haven’t heard much since an initial visit.

According to the Puget Business Journal, up to 10 Amazon executives visited each of the 20 finalist cities, and introduced themselves by first name only. They were said to have met with with a wide array of people, including government, business, and education leaders, and had “done their homework,” understanding how the new headquarters could be a catalyst for the community.

Officials from some of the finalist cities also said that Amazon representatives were “incentive obsessed,” and that there has been “radio silence” since their visit.

Previously: Why Miami’s Bid For Amazon HQ2 Is Much Stronger Than You Think

Amazon Leaning Toward Urban Site That Can Handle Growth For HQ2

A transcript of the mayor’s speech:

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marc
2 years ago

Oh Carlitos, I could never take you seriously after you’re flipping from pro-masstransit campaign to pro highway/bus attitude.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes, no having public transportation and a new humongous mega in the Everglades, is what will convince them to bring Amazon HQ2 to Miami

Anonymous
2 years ago

Transit to Miami Beach already!! Just build a Metromover loop from Herald Plaza and connect to the existing Metromover system. Throw in a soccer stadium and Beckham will probably pay for it. It’s such an obvious thing.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Nahhh, they think we would rather ride on a ugly wooden trolley to MB.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Only in Miami Ugly-Slow moving trolleys are considered a public transportation Improvement. Welcome to 1960’s

Anonymous
2 years ago

And now one these idiotic commissioners want people to pay to take one of these ugly trolleys to Miami Beach.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Worthless Mayor. Need to stop electing these corpses into public office; particularly the corpses that have never lived in a real American city outside of Miami.

Miami politics seem more comparable to corrupt Latin America than much of the USA. Our public transportation situation is truly an abomination including the .5% tax these politicians have stolen from the constituents (companies get sued and could even have their corporate veils pierced if the equivalent occurred in the private sector).

Anonymous
2 years ago

TBH, seeing preference for left-wing politics in these discussions, Miami gets the Third World politicians it deserves.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Does Left-wing mean we don’t watch Fox news and listen to radio mambi?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Im right wing and don’t watch fox news, you idiots can’t name anything other source.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Please, you wouldn’t know what to think and say without your daily dose of Faux News and Rush Limblah.

Anonymous
2 years ago

People would take you seriously if your statement was presented in the form of a grammatically proper sentence?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Are you making a statement or asking a question? Because I see you want to appear more intelligent but you ended your comment with a question mark.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Left wing may be a reference to some of the posters here who expect others to pay for their transportation.
There are buses to Miami Beach.
Left wingers are too good to take a bus, but not big enough to pay for their own transportation.
They whine, and complain like spoiled little brats.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ha!.. that’s funny, especially coming from a rightwinger who, you know, expect others to fight in and pay for their wars.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Clueless Carlos!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yeah, and mayors of the other 19 finalist cities told their Beacon Councils that they have a “great chance” of landing Amazon also.

Carlos Gimenez, concentrate on getting us Bay Link.. please!

Anonymous
2 years ago

its going to DC/virginia. don’t @ me

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Same. The NoVa region was smart to offer a bid separate from DC.

suomynona
2 years ago

Overwhelming, odds-on favorite. Agreed.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sooner or later the government tit known as Washington D.C. is going to dry up.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I wonder which site would get it if it does come to Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hopefully the Miami Innovation district site by brothers Michael and Ron Simkins. http://innovatemiami.com/

It can also help to motivate other big tech companies to land there as well.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I’m hoping for that one too but the proposals had two sites in Miami and one in broward.

suomynona
2 years ago

It’s the only one that makes sense.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I really hope this happens for the City of Miami! I’m sure we will struggle at first due to our lack of Public transit and such, But I believe we will eventually get it right! We are still a relatively young Metropolis with lots of room for improvement. I think is safe to say that in the last 18-20 years the city has only improved for the better.

P.S. I Hope Amazon adds capable Politicians to their inventory, we can use a few ASAP!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Don’t blame the politicians, blame the people who don’t even bother to vote in our local elections.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is the City . it has a strategic location , for the rest of the country and the continent .

Anonymous
2 years ago

Time will tell.

Anonymous
2 years ago

i love your comments guys, our politicians are like nothing i have ever seen anywhere i have lived!!!

Cali Bill
2 years ago

I’m hoping against hope Miami gets it but look at the map! it’s in the farthest corner of the country… makes no sense strategically, unless they’re planning to ship millions of Amazon orders to Latin America and Caribbean… which they ain’t.

Anonymous
2 years ago

and because its mismanaged by Latinos, …p.s i’m a Latino, cant be racist ha!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Baseless argument. Amazon just finished building a humongous distribution center in Opa-Locka (maybe that is all we are getting from A)

Anonymous
2 years ago

on contrary my friend, my comment is totally founded in business logic. Amazon is building massive distributions center all iver the US out of geographic necessasity, not just Opa-Lovka, its not the brains but one of the many arms.,. The new HQ is a totally different matter. its not a distribution center and cannot compare,

Anonymous
2 years ago

Besides our abysmal public transit, do you really think Bezos is going to spend billions of dollars building infrastructure in a City that will be dealing with constant flooding and/or a lack of drinking water due to sea water intrusion, in the next 10-20 years? We’ve missed major opportunities in the past 2 cycles to creat a sustainable infrastructure fund, funded by taxing developers. If we don’t start seriously dealing with these issues, no new companies will relocate here, and it’ll only be a matter of time before banks and insurance companies pull out of SoFla altogether…

Anonymou
2 years ago

LOL.. yet here you are.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ohhh nooooo!

Amazonhead
2 years ago

Pittsburgh is to be the pick. Top automation and robotics R&D location in the nation which Amazon loves and much more reasonable housing then DC or coastal Northeast.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The top pick is whichever city is offering the most incentives to Amazon.

That’s it.

Period.

Point blank.

End of story.

Anonymous
2 years ago

well, if you want cheap labor and a government who will sell out its residents on the flip of a coin Miami is your place!

Your mon
2 years ago

So Miami could have freedom park with village..
Miami dream mall biggest mall in America
And possibliy Amazon.. in which you jerks are always complaining.. always negative bloggers

Anonymous
2 years ago

Your mon, Miami will win, because its the city you live in, it will will because your hope will carry it through, you speak the truth. When is summer break over and back to your Ivy league school?

Anonymous
2 years ago

To be honest, it’s hard to understand what both of you guys are saying.