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Amazon Doesn’t Choose Indy

NYC and Northern Virginia chosen for new headquarters

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It's official: Indianapolis was not chosen for the long-anticipated Amazon HQ2 project.

The company announced Tuesday that New York City and Northern Virginia had been selected as twin location for its new headquarters. Also announced was a “Operations Center of Excellence,” which is set to bring more than 5,000 jobs to Tennessee.

Amazon will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington, according a Tuesday press release. The new locations will join Seattle as the company’s three headquarters in North America. In addition, Amazon announced that it has selected Nashville for a new “Center of Excellence” for its Operations business, which is responsible for the company’s customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities. The “Operations Center of Excellence” in Nashville will create more than 5,000 jobs.

In January, Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from metropolitan areas across North America and narrowed the list down to 20 finalists: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; New York City; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, North Carolia; Toronto; and Washington, D.C.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, issued the following statement Tuesday after the latest announcement by Amazon:

“Since Amazon announced its search for a new global headquarters, leaders from across Central Indiana have come together to demonstrate the vibrancy and strength of our region’s economic ecosystem. From our talent pipeline, to our proven track record of private-public partnerships, from our culture of innovation, to our collaborative spirit—Indianapolis rose to the top of Amazon’s search process because this is a place companies want to do business and the workforce of the future wants to live, work, and play.

“I am confident that the efforts of our region over the last 14 months will pay dividends for years to come, and taxpayers can celebrate that, unlike many cities, we were able to accomplish these things without spending tax dollars.

“Indianapolis residents can also take heart that our economic momentum continues to propel us forward: in just the last few months, Infosys has committed to hire 3,000 new employees and invest in the former airport terminal site, and Swiss-based Dormakaba announced that they will move their North American headquarters to Indianapolis and will add more than 100 new jobs.

“In short, Indianapolis’ place as the Tech Hub of the Midwest may have shocked some across the country, but nothing about our success is surprising to the companies who continue to choose our city as a place to start a new company or take their vision to the next level.

“I want to thank Governor Eric Holcomb, CICEO Chair Mayor Scott Fadness, and the entire Indy Partnership team, as well as Central Indiana’s elected officials, who worked together to tell our region’s story.”

Indy Chamber Chief Economic Development Officer Maureen Krauss also released the following statement Tuesday:

“Thank you to every person and organization who helped showcase the Indy Region and the state as a whole to the world as part of the Amazon proposal. Simply by being in Amazon’s top 20, we are winners. This honor gave the Indy Region and the state the global exposure and the internal learnings to put us in a very positive position for future prospects. While developing the Amazon proposal, we demonstrated to ourselves and to others that we work exceptionally well as a cohesive region and in partnership with the state. Through collaboration, we created a collective voice for the region. That voice is stronger now than ever before —thanks to your support.

“The Indy Partnership, the regional economic development arm of the Indy Chamber, will be sharing a few of the assets we provided in our proposal, so everyone can see how we positioned the Indy region.”

A selection of video assets from the Indianapolis regional bid for Amazon HQ2 is available at


Rob Burgess, News Editor at NUVO Newsweekly, can be reached by email at, by phone at 317-808-4614 or on Twitter @robaburg.

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