As has been predicted by most of the informed folks following Atlanta’s bid to land Amazon’s HQ2 – and up to 50,000 jobs that come with it – Atlanta has made the short list of cities that will now enter the real competition stage for this Super Bowl of Economic Development. Conor Sen shared the news on twitter:
Amazon’s official announcement can be found here.
Given the very large number of cities still in contention, one could reasonably expect that there will be another down-select round, formally or informally, when the real, likely very expensive, negotiations begin. Governor Deal has already indicated that a special session of the Georgia General Assembly may be required to approve any deal that is made.
Updated: Here’s the full list, courtesy of CNBC:
Los Angeles, CA
Montgomery County, MD
New York City, NY
Northern Virginia, VA
Conor Sen points out via twitter that 3 of the 20 spots are in the DC region, which he speculates is to stoke a bidding war between Virginia, Maryland, and DC. That’s possible, but it could be that the DC region is one of their preferred locations (it’s scored well in many of the rankings) as is Atlanta. There’s no word on how many sites are under consideration in each city, so it’s entirely possible that the Atlanta area also has multiple sites under consideration – you just won’t have the Atlanta region bidding against itself, as most of the incentive burden will likely come from the state.