Portland area doesn't make Amazon HQ short list
The Portland region didn't make the cut for Amazon's new headquarters.
The Seattle online retail giant announced Thursday, Jan. 18, a list of 20 cities in line for a second headquarters. It included Atlanta; Austin; Boston; Chicago; Columbus; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; Montgomery County, Md.; Nashville; Newark; New York City; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, N.C.; Toronto; and Washington, D.C.
Amazon said late last year that it would spend $5 billion to build a second heaquarters that will employ 50,000 people. It received 238 proposals, many with financial incentives, in mid-October. Portland, Beaverton, Milwaukie and Clark County all submitted proposals for the headquarters through Greater Portland Inc.
Portland offered the former U.S. Post Office site and surrounding area now called the Broadway Corridor at the west end of the Broadway Bridge. But Prosper Portland, formerly called the Portland Development Commission, did not offer any tax breaks or other financial incentives.
Prosper Portland is overseeing a master planning process for redeveloping the Broadway Corridor area.