Toronto officially loses Amazon's coveted HQ2 bid

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with renderings of Anable Basin

"The South Florida brand has never been more attractive", said John Boyd, a site consultant in Princeton, N.J.

In Virginia, state representative Lee Carter warned that thousands will be priced out of their homes with the influx of high-paid tech workers.

SEATTLEAmazon today announced that it has selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for the company's new headquarters.

The announcement ends a 14-month search for what Amazon had originally billed as a $5 billion second headquarters campus, which the retail and technology giant aimed to staff with 50,000 workers.

"These two locations will allow us to attract world-class talent that will help us to continue inventing for customers for years to come", Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in a statement.

Amazon also announced an additional third investment in central Nashville, Tennessee, with the creation of a new "Operation Centre of Excellence" hub that will eventually produce another 5,000 corporate jobs.

An analysis by Good Jobs First, an economic policy resource center in Washington, D.C., found that most of the 20 cities that were finalists for HQ2, including NY, did not publicly disclose full details about the bids offered to Amazon and kept taxpayers in the dark about how their money might be used to win the deal.

Toronto continually stood out as a top contender for the bid, beating out the likes of other Canadian cities and was in the final running alongside Denver, Virginia, Atlanta, Nashville, and New York City.

The state office of economic development said they never sent a formal offer to the tech giant.

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"We have to make sure that Texas has the best schools in America", he said. "We want to strike while the iron is hot".

While Amazon initially appeared to be casting its net wide, its final selection will reinforce those trends, said Mr Muro.

And now in a surprise move, the eCommerce giant has chose to move forward with two HQ2 cities, dividing the second headquarters evenly between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.

"If it is in the cards, it will surface fast enough", Finney said.

If your city wasn't declared as one of the "winners" of Amazon's HQ2, you might feel good after reading some of these critiques. South Florida proposed eight sites including one in Palm Beach County, two in Broward and five in Miami-Dade.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday night that Amazon is splitting its new headquarters between Crystal City, VA and Long Island City, NY.

Both cities met Amazon's requirements which include being near a metropolitan area with more than a million people and being within 45 minutes of an global airport.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a one-star review to Amazon's plans to put its second headquarters in Queens, saying her constituents have responded with "outrage".

News reported last week that Amazon had chose to split its sought-after office location between two cities.

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