The Miami Herald
January 18, 2018
by Douglas Hanks
Amazon narrowed its list of potential cities for a second headquarters on Thursday, and Miami made the cut.
The online retail giant received 238 applications for what may be the most competitive corporate recruitment effort in history as the company promises to generate about $5 billion in the city it chooses to build a second headquarters employing about 50,000 people. The narrowed 20-city list announced by the Seattle-based company includes major metropolitan areas from across the country, starting with Atlanta and ending with Washington, D.C. In the alphabetical roster of “HQ2” finalists, Miami is listed between Los Angeles and Montgomery County, Maryland, a prosperous D.C. suburb.
Miami is the only Florida city to make the cut, and it bested other cities known as corporate hubs. Houston didn’t make the Amazon cut. Neither did Sacramento, California, or Baltimore, Maryland, or Charlotte, North Carolina. The New York Times writer who covers the Amazon beat called Miami’s selection “unexpected,” and one organizer involved in the Miami bid said: “I’m shocked we made it.”
Though dubbed a “Miami” bid, the application was submitted by economic-development arms of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The details largely remain a secret, with Miami-Dade declining to make the application public beyond an Oct. 12, 2017, letter from Mayor Carlos Gimenez describing the Miami area as the “Tech Center of the Americas.”