Chicago and Illinois are not ready to accuse the fight for Amazon's second incumbent headquarters, despite the fact that the field is narrowed – and it does not include Chicago.
The fuel of the speculation is published reporting the e-commerce guy in late-time discussions with a small number of communities. Those reports come more than a year after Amazon said it was trying to set up a second headquarters campus in North America and create up to 50,000 high paying jobs, placing a fierce competition among cities and states. Chicago was among 238 cities and regions that submitted proposals for the project, and one of 20 competitors was released when the list was narrowed in January.
The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Amazon had had advanced discussions for the second headquarters, or HQ2, in Washington, D.C., suburbs in northern Virginia. Meanwhile, Wall Street Journal reported that the company intends to share a HQ2 between two sites, each of which has 25,000 jobs, and that this week's decision can be announced. As well as the discussion with officials in North Virginia, Amazon has had similar conversations with a small number of other communities, including Dallas and New York City, the Journal reported earlier.
Despite the reports, there are officers in Illinois and Chicago, who have offered more than $ 2 billion in incentives, do not give up and hope to give us one of the most. The greatest economic development opportunities in the recent memory.
"We are waiting for the course," said Jacquelyn Reineke, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Economic Commerce and Commerce. "We are continuing to follow the project."
The city will continue to strive to build on a firm record for corporate relocation, said spokesman for the Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said Monday on a statement.
"It's fun like to guess on rumors, we do not play that parlor match," he said. "We have led the country into corporate relocation for five consecutive years due to the strengths of Chicago's talent, transport, training, technology and transparency."
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There are three Amazon shortlisted locations published in January in the Washington, D.C. area area. That, coupled with the ownership of Jeff Bezos, the Chief Executive of Amazon Post and other factors, has led to guessing that the frontier is the area.
The Post said Amazon had had higher discussions about putting a HQ2 in the Crystal City area in Arlington, Va., Including speaking through how quickly the company could move workers there and how the public announcement be treated. He noted the story that Amazon could have similar discussions with other final bodies.
Mike Grella, director of economic development in Amazon, responded to the speculation on Twitter. However, do not deny the report.
"Memo at the genius lets information about Crystal City, VA as a HQ2 option. You do not make Crystal City, VA any preferences. And give the best to treat the agreement (unfolded) You have signed as a used napkin, "it tweeted.
The Post also investigated the flight data for the private jet Bezos and decided to have visited less than half of the 20 final cities since January. The private jet has not visited Chicago.
But Amazon representatives have. Members of the Amazon HQ2 site selection team were back in Chicago in August looking at the South Loop site along the river. This was the second known visit to the proposed 62-acre proposed development in Mid Wales, known as The 78, Amazon was traveled along with four other locations during the March visit to Chicago.
Amazon did not respond to a request for comments. The company has said that he will choose a winner by the end of the year.
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