The 238 HQ2 proposals sent to Amazon have slowed them down, it seems. The shortlist, scheduled for release this Friday, has now been pushed off until “early 2018”, with the winner’s announcement still vaguely out there.
Presumably, cities will be able to infer their chances by noting who is and isn’t getting site visits or follow-up inquiries. Is that twitter gossip that I see rushing by?
Thanks to Ely Portillo and Katherine Peralta in Governing.com (from Charlotte, NC).
The Charlotte Regional Partnership said Tuesday that it now doesn’t expect to hear until early next year whether it made the shortlist for Amazon’s second headquarters.
The group had been expecting to hear by Friday, which was when they were told Amazon would have its shortlist. Partnership spokeswoman Dianne Chase said that the volume of proposals means this week will no longer be the decision point.
The article has some amusing (or appalling) detail about the incentives some areas are proposing to Amazon.