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More Details On Amazon's Latest HQ2 Visit To Miami, From An Insider

More Details On Amazon’s Latest HQ2 Visit To Miami, From An Insider

Amazon executives visited Miami again last month as they continue to narrow their hunt for a second-headquarters location, according to a source.

The source told The Next Miami that four people were a part of the Amazon team, with the follow up visit taking place in early September. Park West was included in the visit.

There hasn’t been anything heard from Amazon since the September visit, the source added.

Amazon has further narrowed their list of 20 finalist cities, and is now said to be favoring a walkable campus already woven into the fabric of the city, a report in the WSJ last week said. That could be a problem for problem for sites in Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Md., the paper wrote.

The company believes that an urban campus within walking distance of housing and restaurants would help with recruiting, by offering shorter commutes and quick access to trendy neighborhoods.

According to the paper, follow up visits have also been conducted in recent months in Newark, New York City, and Chicago, while some cities like Raleigh haven’t had any follow up contact. In New York, the company checked out Long Island City, which is said to be gentrifying.

Amazon is likely to try to keep their search secret for as long as possible so as not to tip off competitors or speculators who may drive up real estate prices, a consultant told the WSJ.

The company may even negotiate near-final deals with several cities before selecting one, so as not to signal their choice prematurely, a source told the WSJ.

 

 

The proposed Park West campus:

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Anonymous
Anonymous

The WorldCenter would be perfect for them (Park West). Ready access to Brightline, 15 min to airport, thousands of new residences (residences and apartments), all new infrastructure, brand new utilities, walking community, custom built to how they’d like, global growing population, skilled workers, amazing weather in a picture perfect postcard setting….not to mention, it would make an impact to this city like nothing else before it. Let’s do this!!

–Says an ex Chicago resident who thinks Chicago is too cold, has too much traffic to get to city from airport and has way too high taxes. Most people in Chicago can’t wait to leave it.
–Says an ex NYC resident who thinks it’s too cold, way way too expensive with brutal taxes and has way too much traffic.

Either way, Miami is the city of the future — but Amazon we want you!

Anonymous
Anonymous

They will most likely wait until after the midterms to announce the winning city to see if the new governors are pro corporate tax hikes.

marc
marc

They just said the announcement will be made before the end of the year. The election is in two weeks so obviously it’ll be after the midterm.

Anonymous
Anonymous

At least if Florida gets a center left governor it will balance out the legislature controlled by the right.

Anonymous
Anonymous

YES! Can we all send this to Amazon’s decision makers email addresses unless they read this?!?! 🙂

Keep Florida not like NY
Keep Florida not like NY

Andrew Gillum’s tax hike proposal will definitely hurt the process. We need to keep Florida a low tax state.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Amen to that…

Anonymous
Anonymous

You don’t have to worry about that, Florida has something called a “Bed Tax.” Meaning, tourist will pay those tax increases every time they say in a hotel.

Kevin Kingtana
Kevin Kingtana

Ohhhh so make tourist pay for everything….. What a way to make them feel comfortable.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It is what it is, Florida has a bed tax, if there wasn’t, you’ll be paying state a tax.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Andrew Gillum doesn’t control the state congress, which is where any new tax increase would originate.

Anonymous
Anonymous

He still wants to raise taxes, that is a weak cop out you just gave him.

Bernard Sanders
Bernard Sanders

Gillum’s plan is to take a percentage of the difference from the federal corporate tax decrease that goes into effect this year. All Florida corporations will have a lower rate, it would just be slightly higher other states. It’s still a better alternative than instituting a state tax OR raising property taxes (as is usual in Florida).

Anonymous
Anonymous

“Slightly higher” means a lot in the world of business. Nobody buys the Democrat’s cryptic tax B.S. while they get richer and everybody who isn’t them and donors get poorer.

Afi Keita James
Afi Keita James

Thank you, Gillum will fool Floridians, he will also push for florida to become a sanctuary state, ugh

Anonymous
Anonymous

In the list of options you gave, you didnt mention, “making government more efficient”

Anonymous
Anonymous

Get Informed:
Forbes Magazine: Low cost of living and no state income tax are the two main reason why companies are moving to Fl.

From Politifact:

The state corporate tax currently generates about $2.5 billion a year. Most businesses, however, are exempt from paying any tax because the state exempts the first $50,000 in taxable income.

Gillum’s campaign said he would keep that exemption to protect small businesses, but said he wants to close loopholes that allow other corporations to avoid paying taxes.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Fl Governor alone can’t rice taxes without a majority in the Republican Senate and Congress.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Forget it, you can’t explain anything to these rightwingers, they love being BS’ed and told what to think.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Amazon isn’t a “small business,” and a lot of small businesses thrive on doing business with it. If Gillum the College Town Commie were to win, Amazon ain’t coming anywhere here. Simple.

Afi Keita James
Afi Keita James

I know that’s right, amazon.com is a joke and a sellout.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Id like for you to experience actual Communism before making a dumbass statement like that, hell I wish all you Wahoo’s experienced a second of Communism, you’d be on your knees for Obama in a heartbeat

Afi Keita James
Afi Keita James

I Know that’s right, if he gets in, florida will become California.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Long Island City in NYC is already gentrified and it’s 2 to 3 times more expensive than Miami. That wouldn’t be a smart move. Miami for the win!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

And if I am not mistaken has a major fiber data connection hub to South America in the area. Google did it at a similar spot in NYC and bought the building on top of it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Exactly and that is why he should bring some of AWS here too.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Access to Brightline. Now that’s a worldclass transportation system right there boi!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami is on the short list.. already a win!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I may be biased but I don’t see why Miami wouldn’t be picked for their HQ2.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Because Dallas, Atlanta and Houston are the darlings of the New U.S. Business genre. Have you seen any major companies move to Miami lately?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

True. Those cities have the advantage of being relatively cheap compared to the coastal cities.

Anonymous
Anonymous

As any serious Commercial Broker knows, “where do you locate the Corporate HQ? Close to the bosses house”
Bezos has a house in DC where his children go to school, where he owns the Washington Post.
My bet is a DC burn, but I’m rooting for Miami. Innovation District to be specific.

Mr Rogers
Mr Rogers

Wow you’re a moron

Anonymous
Anonymous

With the proposed site in Miami Amazon could have this one built from scratch and configured to their needs. Its also deep in the urban core and its not far from Cape Canaveral just in case they get into Space Deliveries 🙂

Anonymous
Anonymous

Blue Origin has a big facility there.

suomynona
suomynona

SpaceX says hello.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They could turn Tibor Hollo’s “legacy” building into at least one part of a “vertical campus” where live/work/and play takes place in one building of a “campus” of similar multi-use towers strewn throughout downtown. http://bit.ly/2PNdWf3

Anonymous
Anonymous

Plus that tower will have the metromover station connected to it.

Kevin Kingtana
Kevin Kingtana

That picture is great. also “Elon Musks Hyperloop connecting all headquarters”

Anonymous
Anonymous

If Bezos likes LIV, he’s going to love E11even!

Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous
Anonymous

I see someone voted this down (before I voted it back up). Why? The Freedom Tower is a stunning building inside and out facing Miami’s Grand Boulevard. Hopefully for those who believe that to be true, click the link and vote for it. Who knows, maybe getting it ranked by NG will make an impression on Amazon, which can only help the cause.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Well, if Andrew Gillum was to win in Florida and gets the 40% tax increase he wants for businesses, one can forget about this and all other business growth in South Florida

Anonymous
Anonymous

Fake News

Anonymous
Anonymous

Look it up – Tampa Bay Times

Anonymous
Anonymous

Its not fake news. The current rate is 5.5%. Gillum wants to increase it to 7.75%. Thats a 40.9% increase from the current rate.

Anonymous
Anonymous

All of these down thumbs – scary ! means new state residents blue N. Yorkers or blue Californians voting for anti business policies in SOUTH Florida

Anonymous
Anonymous

Its not you ignorant democrat, you don’t even know your candidates propose polices.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Well I guess in your opinion, Trump’s tariffs won’t affect business growth at all in South Flordia?

Anonymous
Anonymous

They have not. In fact the steel industry in Pensilvania is thriving again thanks to the tariffs . More American steel to be used for these buildings

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re putting out BS information. The steel industry in Pennsylvania is just a shell of what it used to be. The remaining steel workers and the companies they work for are HOPING Trumps proposed tariffs could be the big lift they’re looking for.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re contradicting yourself there. U.S steel demand is increasing in he U.S. The Chinese and other foreign producers such as Canada and Europe are no longer flooding the U.S market with steel in order to drown domestic production and sales.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/fox2now.com/2018/06/05/u-s-steel-to-add-300-jobs-at-granite-city-works/amp/

Anonymous
Anonymous

Tell me, where in that article that you presented did it say that they were firing up any furnace because of Trump’s tariffs? I know you righties cant’s read but remember now, you did say “Pensilvania is thriving again thanks to the tariffs.”

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nope

Anonymous
Anonymous

These democrats actually voted down your comment for telling them truth.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Democrats love taxing people and all of them I know love him. If he gets elected it will be from Dade and Broward so the area would be shooting itself in the foot as far as business goes. He still must get his tax increases past a GOP house and Senate which won’t happen.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Without funding to improve the education system there will be no workers to work for any of these companies. Without funding to improve infrastructure, it would become even more frustrating to live here. No one wants higher taxes, but until someone can figure out how to provide the services expected and needed from the government without the tax revenue to pay for it, there is no other alternative.

Anonymous
Anonymous

please —- You raise taxes on Florida business and there won’t be much need for skill workers in Florida

Anonymous
Anonymous

Maybe if the money already given to education and infrastructure was used properly, it wouldn’t be an issue. By properly, I mean not pocketed by teacher’s unions and school board crooks, and building transit instead of glorified bridges. We need more oversight against this highway (no pun intended) robbery.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You mean like giving a cabinet job and government paycheck to an already billionaire like Trump did when he made Elisabeth Dee DeVos Secretary of education? You do that she and all of her family members are covered by the taxpayers if they go to see a doctor because she is a government employee right? Remember, she’s a BILLIONAIRE now.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Get educated.
If you learned about the DeVos Family you would know that the major medical facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan bear their name from the generosity and the money they gave to fund them.
Her salary is a small % of the value that she has given as a philanthropist and public servant.

Read more.
I want billionaires running government. They know how to make money.
When you get Community Organizets and Lawyers in government, ALL they know how to do is TAKE money.
They dont build, make, or create. They suck and siphon fees and extort payments.

Thank you Trump. More producers, less parasites in government

Anonymous
Anonymous

You get educated koolade drinker. Betsy Devos knew Jacksh*t about running an education department at any level. She had no experience to even run a Kindergarden school. Trump cabinet is full of billionaires and millionaires and how do think they made their money? Betsy Devos’s husband is already suspected of making most of his money from pyramid scheming.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Nonsense.
The problem with education is not funding.

Afi Keita James
Afi Keita James

and Gillum will revive the disastrous common core

Anonymous
Anonymous

What are Park west’s boundaries ???

Anonymous
Anonymous

North: Interstate 395
South: Northeast 7th Street
East: Biscayne Boulevard
West: Northwest First Avenue/Brightline viaduct

Anonymous
Anonymous

Thank you

Anonymous
Anonymous

give jeff bezos and Amazon their own runway at Hialeah airport

Anonymous
Anonymous

You mean Opalocka Airport . That’s just North of Hialeah. But that’s where the new huge distribution Center is now inside the airport commercial park on 57th, so I’m sure he has a very busy runway there already.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami would be a huge mistake for Amazon. Jeff Bezos if you read this please heed my warning. Miami is really a third world crap hole. It has shiny (empty) buildings constructed soley for global elite to park their ill gotten money, zero ZERO affordable housing, horrible public schools, horrible transit and road infrastructue, completely incompetent politicians, the beach is largely inaccessible due to overbuilding, lack of transit, grid lock traffic. I’m sure Amazon will be able to affectively evaluate the situation in Miami and will choose to place its HQ2 elsewhere.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um, part of Bezos childhood was growing up in Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Said someone who lives in DC hoping to sway the vote

Anonymous
Anonymous

I think that Bozo/Bezos and his circus should stay out of Miami. Miami doesn’t need it. Also the residence tax payers of Miami Dade need to know what they are giving up and having to pay for this.

Kevin Kingtana
Kevin Kingtana

No Big Deal, whats the worst that can happen? We (Miami) fund the building with our money and then he sells it? Sounds familiar. #MiamiMarlins hahaha brilliant.

Anonymous
Anonymous

> walkable campus already woven into the fabric of the city,

Might be a problem ….

Anonymous
Anonymous

You haven’t been to park west lately have you?

Anonymous
Anonymous

walkable cities aren’t lined by parking garages.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yawn. Move on.

GBA
GBA

What other walkable cities have a climate ribbon??????

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes… move on and don’t come back!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Are you comparing Miami (very young city) to places like Boston, New York, Washington, DC and many European cities. All of these were built before there were cars. They have narrow streets and historic buildings. They have less parking because they were not designed for parking. Comparing Miami to similar size and aged cites you find that parking is comparable to what we have here. Some cites, like Dallas and Houston, are much more spread out and have more parking structures.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami knocks down all it’s historic buildings. We sued to have some, but developers are able to level them to sell empty beasts for Russian investers

Anonymous
Anonymous

How dare you comment negatively!!!!!!