As Chicago was named one of the top locations under consideration for Amazon’s second headquarters, the city’s mayor had a fierce message for the other finalists on the list.
“To New York and other cities competing, Chicago is coming after you,” he said Thursday.
Chicago is one of 20 cities to make the narrowed list of potential locations for Amazon’s second headquarters.
Also named were: Atlanta, Boston, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto in Canada and Washington D.C.
“We are delighted to be among the competitors in the next stage of Amazon’s HQ2 search,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thursday. “We are ready to show the company why we believe the Chicago area is their best option.”
According to the press release of the 20 cities, Amazon said in the coming months, it will work with each city “to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community.”
The company expects to make a decision this year.
Amazon’s search for a second headquarters city has triggered an unprecedented competition among governments around North America to attract a $5 billion project that promises to create 50,000 jobs. The retailing behemoth has made clear that tax breaks and grants will be a big factor in its decision.
Chicago recruited “Star Trek” actor William Shatner to help narrate a video pitch in hopes of getting the attention of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a devoted Trekkie.
Some state and local governments have shared details of the financial incentives they are dangling.
Chicago said releasing such information “could give an advantage to another applicant.”
Amazon said in its request for proposals in September that “certain aspects” of the project and details about the company “are confidential, proprietary and constitute trade secrets.”