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Amazon Passes on Cincinnati/NKY for Second Headquarters

Amazon has narrowed its list of locations for a second headquarters with nineteen American cities and Toronto, Canada.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky did not make the cut.

The region worked secretly and privately together to offer a joint bid to lure the online retail giant to one or both sides of the Ohio River, but it will not be. Nearby cities Indianapolis and Columbus made the list, as did Chicago, Nashville, and Pittsburgh. Other cities include Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Raleigh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia, Newark, Boston, Montgomery County, Maryland, and New York City.

The effort to bring Amazon to town was one of the highest-profile examples of regional collaboration, though terms of the proposal from either state were never released publicly.

Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Tri-ED) released a statement on Thursday noting the missed opportunity but touting Amazon's other significant investment at CVG Airport.

“We today learned that Amazon has chosen to focus elsewhere on its search for a second headquarters location," said Dan Tobergte, president & CEO of Tri-ED. "Though Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky were not chosen, we are proud of the collaboration that drove this project and the partnerships that have been strengthened through this proposal and our joint efforts with REDI Cincinnati and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

“Our region continues to possess all the resources – a robust talent pipeline, ample real estate opportunities, and collaboration with world-class research institutions – that make us a strong and competitive choice for many industries. Northern Kentucky had a record-breaking year in 2017 and we have no doubt that we will see sustained and significant investment in our region.

“We very much appreciate Amazon’s significant investments in the Commonwealth and in Northern Kentucky via its Amazon Prime Air hub and distribution facilities and we will continue to work with the company to expand those opportunities.”

-Staff report