Miami A Top Contender For Amazon’s New Headquarters, NYT Says

Amazon is planning to invest $5 billion on a new second headquarters in the U.S., and the New York Times says Miami ranks as one of the top contenders.

The company will create 50,000 high paying jobs over the next two decades, and cities around the country are now putting together bid packages for the Amazon RFP.

Of 50 metro areas analyzed by the New York Times, Miami ranks in the final 9. The reason: Miami has strong job growth, a growing educated work force, and quality of life that is desired by Amazon.

The one reason Miami does not make the top 4 is traffic congestion and weak transit.

Despite all of the criteria listed above, most important of all to Amazon is finding a suitable development site or building for a “transformational” project.

Miami Innovation District principal Michael Simkins told The Next Miami that his company was evaluating the RFP and should have more information soon.

 

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Marcus Licinius Crassus

Jeff Bezos is a Miami guy…Palmetto High grad. He might just give Miami that extra nudge.

Anonymous

Maybe this is enough to get our city officials to actually do something regarding transit.

Anonymous

Thanks for the laugh!!

Anonymous

Amazon could foot the bill for BayLink and not miss a penny.

Pro Transit

Tomorrow at 5pm, at Government Center, is the budget hearing. Our mayor is suggesting 25M in cuts to transit! The “TransitAlliance” is planning on showing up in attendance to voice their concerns over this. All who are interested should attend. If not, a simple letter, tweet, or email to your commissioner or the mayor would help! Rather than talk, let us all take action on transit, the stronger push for transit we have, the more office buildings will be built, and more attractive our city will be for more company headquarters etc.!!!

Procalc

Winning this would be great news for any city in the US, but for Miami to win this one would definitely be transformational. Just imagine a top major company with headquarter presence in our city. All the new jobs and recognition would be just amazing!!!

Marc305

I don’t know about the other cities but Miami could offer Amazon a great location right in Downtown for their headquarters, we still have quite a lot of lots that are empty all within a mile of the new Grand Central train hub. Keeping fingers crossed.

Anonymous

Tibor Hollo’s mega tower would be a great headquarters: Front and center in downtown Miami.

Miami Hurricane

50,000 employees, you will still have a faction trying to drive in which means parking for at least 5-10.000

Javi

It doesn’t make the top 4 because of traffic congestion and weak transit system. And yet the mayor of Miami has basically sabotaged the expansion of a mass transit system in Miami over buses and what not. This might come back and bite him hard!

Anonymous

That’s the Metro-Dade County mayor Gimenez. I don’t think Miami mayor Regalado thinks that way.

Anonymous

Regalado thinks that way too since he didn’t want the City of Miami to fund the trirail portion of Miami central station.

Anonymous

By “Miami,” I hope it means the city proper and in the greater downtown area, as opposed to a 1970s office park and nondescript warehouses in Doral. I mean, Amazon is building a vertical urban campus in Seattle, north of downtown connecting it to other urban neighborhoods.

Anonymous

I agree. The fear is Amazon might want to build in Opa Locka next to their mega-warehouse they are building there.

Long MIA

+Simkins’ site
+Magic City Innovation District
+Mana Wynwood
+Eastside Ridge
+Archbishop Curley-notre Dame High School
+Miami-Dade County Public Schools Omni properties

Too bad about the transit issue. There is not another city in the running with as many prime locations as Miami can offer.

Jesus

Hey local, state leaders, look at that. Miami could easily win the bid for Amazon but is being held back by your lack of care for transit and fixing traffic in the city.

Anonymous

I haven’t read anything about Miami doing anything to get this HQ. We need this!!!! This would COMPLETELY change Miami. This would bring the tech scene to us. Can you imagine 50k additional well paid workers in our city! <3

Anonymous

Never gonna happen. Miami needs to address its horrendous infrastructure/transportation issues. And the heat and humidity are not conducive to a pedestrian-friendly environment. The city needs to deal with both these issues if it wants to attract more than foreign “investors” looking to park their cash in condos.

Anonymous

No complaints from me about throwing money around…and throwing buildings up.That being said…does two corporate HQ have any history / track record of being successful?

Anonymous

If nothing else it would make perfect sense to set up an “Americas” HQ for Amazon in Miami.

Ed Vidal

Miami combines Anglo-American rule of law and technology, with Latin immigrant drive and innovation.

Anonymous

Bezos went to school here so he’s well aware of the challenges and opportunities that Miami offers…don’t sleep on the 305!!

Anonymous

thee is only ONE headquarters and that will be Seattle! there is no such thing as 2 headquarters….

Anonymous

There*

Fredric

I believe the “50,000 high paid jobs” that Amazon plans to create over the next two decades means the total number of high paid jobs for the whole of Amazon, not just the jobs at its proposed second HQ. The article is a bit misleading in that it does not specify this so people here seem to have misunderstood that part. I seriously doubt that Amazon is going to create 50,000 high paid jobs in any one city, including its main headquarters in Seattle.

Anonymous

Does anyone know if Miami plans on putting in a bid?

Anonymous

Denver, that’s where I would go

Anonymous

A fine choice if you want to freeze your butt off and pay state income taxes.

Anonymous

“quality of life that is desired by Amazon.”

Translation: Hard working low paid employees.

Anonymous

More like multi-cultural environment, world-class universities, balmy weather, convenient air connections to top domestic and world destinations, and another long list of qualities. And yes, a competitive labor market. You can depict every possible investment in Marxist-style exploration terms, but does it serve any purpose?

Miami747

Accurate, besides for the world class universities part. UM is decent, FIU is getting better each day but neither is “world class” by a long shot.

Anonymous

Also, rude foreigners as in a “multi-cultural environment,” and hot most of the year with no shade or walkability as you sweat and clothes sticks to you as in balmy weather.

Anonymous

I agree. As for that pesky transportation problem, if they live and work downtown, transportation becomes less of an issue. A factor that would encourage Bezos to look “back home again” is the quality of the schools in downtown Miami.

Anonymous

I want to see how Amazon is logistically evacuating 50000 employees when another major Hurricane hits and does Miami really have thousands of highly skilled workers to fill the jobs?

Anonymous

Stop complaining!

Anonymous

I want to see how Amazon deals when the Big One earthquake hits Seattle.