Nashville has made the list of 20 finalist cities that are still competing to earn the new Amazon headquarters.
Amazon has said it’s looking for a city that has a strong labor force, lots of space and a good transportation system to bring 50,000 jobs.
The company received 238 proposals from cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The cities will be working with the company over the coming months to "evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership." Amazon says the cities will be asked to dive deeper into their proposals and will have to submit additional information.
"Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough - all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity," said Holly Sullivan with Amazon Public Policy in a news release. "Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation."
The decision on the location of the new headquarters is expected to be made by the end of the year. The company plans on investing over $5 billion into the facility.
The project would eventually require 8 million square feet of office space, or about four times the size of the Music City Center.
Eric Johnson, dean of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, said the city’s bid could be a long shot.
“Amazon will be looking for livability, and Nashville is a really livable place,” Johnson said. “I think our challenges are infrastructure and international airport, the kinds of things where we will have to work to compete.”
Another issue is Nashville’s lack of an expansive transit system. Sixteen of the 20 finalists already have light rail or an underground subway.
Johnson said Vanderbilt graduates who have been hired by Amazon are typically proponents of public transportation.
“Many of the Amazon employees are going to want to live in the city, and getting those people around between work and play is another big issue,” he said.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said she looks forward to showing Amazon "why Music City would be the perfect fit for their company."
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce issued this statement:We were notified today that the Nashville region has been chosen to continue the site selection process for Amazon's second headquarters. Our team is working on the response to position the incredible strengths of the Nashville region.Below is the full list of cities still under consideration: Atlanta, GA Austin, TX Boston, MA Chicago, IL Columbus, OH Dallas, TX Denver, CO Indianapolis, IN Los Angeles, CA Miami, FL Montgomery County, MD Nashville, TN Newark, NJ New York City, NY Northern Virginia, VA Philadelphia, PA Pittsburgh, PA Raleigh, NC Toronto, ON Washington D.C.Click here for more information about the new headquarters.
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