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Grand Rapids is out of running for Amazon's HQ2
Amazon has released a list of 20 cities that will be considered for its second headquarters.
Grand Rapids is not on the list.
A proposal from Grand Rapids was one of 238 vying for the project, which is expected to cost more than $5 billion and accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.
“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals,” said Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy. “Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity.
“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.”
Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place, a Grand Rapids-based economic development agency that led the proposal, said she takes “great pride in how the greater Grand Rapids area was presented to Amazon and the collaborative work” that went into the proposal.
The proposal team also included Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., the City of Grand Rapids, Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Michigan Department of Transportation, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the office of Governor Rick Snyder.
“As much as this process helped identify our major assets, it also helped us to assess our gaps and where we can continue to improve,” Klohs said. “We plan to continue working together as a region to market West Michigan as a destination for business success.”
Amazon HQ2 finalists
Montgomery County, Maryland
Newark, New Jersey
Northern Virginia, Virignia
Raleigh, North Carolina