The Seattle-based company has pledged to create 50,000 jobs, take up to 8 million square feet of space and invest $5 billion in the new headquarters. Professionals from Mississauga's Economic Development Office have worked closely with Toronto Global to align Mississauga's value proposition with the anticipated $5-billion USA investment, projected to create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs.
A company spokesman later clarified it was referring to the metropolitan Boston area and that proposals from both the city of Boston itself and from Somerville would move on to the next phase of the selection process.
As part of Calgary's pitch, Calgary Economic Development put up a tongue-in-cheek billboard in Seattle that said "Hey, Amazon".
"Today we are announcing the communities that will proceed to the nest step in the HQ2 process".
"Pennsylvania's strategic location in the heart of the East Coast, nationally ranked educational institutions, and a workforce equipped to support future growth makes it prime for Amazon's second headquarters in North America", said Wolf.
Delaware's governor and other officials said they were disappointed that the list of finalists didn't include their state but vowed to support Philadelphia's application "to help bring Amazon to our region".
The Amazon invitation for proposals, first made by the company in November, is a rich economic development target. Two metro areas, NY and Washington, have more than one location that made the list, increasing competition there, he said. The area is vibrant with business and diverse in population but with many high-tech oriented young people; it boasts multiple universities, has good public schools, and has good locations for potential sites.
In the coming weeks and months, the city will continue to collaborate across all sectors like it did with the Amazon HQ2 Coalition ahead of the bi.
"I think we can learn a lesson from some of the cities that got on". Newark may very well have landed on the list at least partly because it and the state of New Jersey offered $7 billion in tax breaks and other incentives.
Amazon plans to make its final decision sometime in 2018.
Jon Barela, CEO of the Borderplex Alliance; Davin Lopez, CEO of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance; and Jerry Pacheco, president of the Border Industrial Association, said their respective Amazon proposals brought global attention to this region that could help in recruiting companies to the area in the future.