Delaware Public Media

Delaware not a finalist for Amazon's 2nd HQ

Jan 18, 2018

Amazon has narrowed the list of locations under consideration for its second headquarters and Delaware is not on the list.


The Seattle-based online retail giant Amazon trimmed its list of cities its looking at to 20 Thursday.  Many of the finalists are locations surrounding the First State on the East Coast, including Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. Montgomery County, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

 

Carney proposed three sites in Delaware that met Amazon’s criteria; they included the 425-acre First State Crossing in Claymont, an 82-acre site on Wilmington’s Riverfront and an 82-acre portion of the AstraZeneca complex in Fairfax.

 

Gov. John Carney, Delaware's Congressional delegation, Wilmington mayor Mike Purzycki and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer issued a joint statement responding to Amazon's decision to pass on the First State.

 

"Of course we are disappointed that Amazon has not chosen Delaware as a finalist location for its second North American headquarters. But we used this opportunity to showcase all the options in Delaware not just for Amazon, but for any business looking for a location to set down roots and grow. In that respect, Delaware's effort - which brought together leaders in the public and private sectors to promote our great state - was a resounding success, " read the statement. "Going forward, we'll do everything we can to support Philadelphia's application, to help bring Amazon to our region."

Delaware revealed elements of its Amazon bid last October, but Gov. Carney never did indicate what financial incentives Delaware would offer Amazon to bring its a second headquarters to the state. He did point out at the time that Delaware is right in the middle of the Northeast corridor with large populations from D.C. to Boston through New York City - the financial capital and the government capital of the country.

Amazon plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters. The city that’s eventually chosen could see an influx of up to 50,000 jobs.

Amazon says it will make a final selection sometime this year.