- Amazon announced Tuesday it would split its new HQ2 between two locations: New York City and northern Virginia.
- The online retailer also announced plans to build an “Operations Center of Excellence” in Nashville, Tennessee – a move Nashville’s mayor said he learned about through a tweet,according to the Wall Street Journal.
- Other frontrunners in the bidding contest to win over Amazon reportedly felt snubbed after the retailer surprised them with its decision.
The mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, reportedly said he learned about Amazon’s decision to grant his city a consolation prize in its headquarters race the same way most other people did – through Twitter.
Amazon announced Tuesday the conclusion of its HQ2 race, in which the massive online retailer searched for a location for its second headquarters. Instead of one location, Amazon decided to split the development project between New York City and northern Virginia.
Additionally, the company plans to build an “Operations Center of Excellence” in Nashville, Tennessee, as a consolation prize. The Nashville location will handle “customer fulfillment, customer service, transportation, and supply chain,” according to Amazon.
However, Nashville mayor David Briley reportedly said he didn’t know about this decision until Tuesday, when he saw the news on Twitter, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon said the mayor’s office was notified on Monday.
The Nashville mayor’s office told Business Insider that the mayor’s remark was intended as a joke to reporters, which was mis-interpreted by the Journal. A spokesperson for the mayor provided the following statement:
“Amazon’s announcement on Tuesday morning was a matter of when, not if, for Nashville. When we were notified by Amazon on Monday afternoon that they planned on making the official announcement the following morning, it was the culmination of months of hard work. Up to that that point, the Mayor’s office had worked tirelessly with its partners at the State level, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and TVA to land Nashville as the home for Amazon’s Operations Center of Excellence.
Yesterday was the single biggest job announcement in the history of Tennessee. It is a testament to the professionalism of the parties involved here that we were able to keep the news from leaking until Amazon made the official announcement.
It would be irrational to believe that Mayor Briley would not have been aware that the announcement was coming before he saw it on Twitter.”
Other cities felt snubbed by Amazon, the Journal reports, as Amazon mostly kept quiet during the year-long search for a second headquarters, while hundreds of cities tried to win the retailer over with promised tax breaks and other incentives. According to the Journal, the mayor of Dallas, Texas, thought the city was still a frontrunner in the race up until the decision was announced Tuesday.
More than 200 cities competed to host Amazon’s new headquarters, which initially promised 50,000 new jobs and a $US5 billion investment in the new home city. That will now be split between Long Island City, Queens, and National Landing, Virginia.