Amazon has started rejecting cities' proposals for its 2nd headquarters

Wikimedia CommonsArlington, Texas.
  • Arlington, Texas, says that as of two weeks ago, it was out of the running to host Amazon’s second headquarters, known as HQ2.
  • Arlington, about 20 miles from Dallas, had submitted a proposal as part of Dallas’ pitch to Amazon.
  • Arlington getting the boot means Amazon has started to at least pare down the proposals it received from the 20 cities on its shortlist.

Arlington, Texas, will not be the site of Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2.

That’s not news for those who have been following Amazon’s HQ2 saga closely, but it was for some city officials who had submitted a bid to Amazon through nearby Dallas.

While Arlington did not make the 20-city shortlist for Amazon’s new headquarters, Dallas did. On Tuesday, Arlington city officials released details of the bid it had submitted with Dallas; Amazon rejected it two weeks ago, according to The Texas Tribune.

Arlington had offered $US921 million in incentives, the officials said after disclosing the bid’s rejection. Those included things like parking space, incentives for Amazon to hire local residents, and land grants for developing the new headquarters.

The pitch did not detail any incentives at the state level.

In the bid, the city also projected that in the next 10 years the project would result in at least 96,000 permanent jobs, $US50 billion in salaries and wages, and $US4 billion in sales that would be subject to taxes.

Arlington also confirmed that it hosted Amazon on a site visit some months ago, as it was one of the 10 cities in northern Texas that were part of Dallas’ larger pitch. Other sites in and around Dallas are still in the running for HQ2.

The elimination of Arlington, while just part of the larger proposal from Dallas, is still significant. Amazon hasn’t publicly acknowledged any eliminations since it released its shortlist, but the company appears to be chugging right along in its HQ2 selection process.

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