Amazon omits Birmingham from national HQ2 shortlist

Birmingham
Via Facebook, City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office

Well, we gave it our best shot Birmingham.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon has released its short list of cities for its second headquarters (HQ2). The internet giant says it to expects to create 50,000 high-paying jobs and invest over $5 billion in the winning city. Here’s the full list:

Birmingham
Photo from the Bring Amazon to Birmingham Campaign
  • Atlanta
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Montgomery County, Md.
  • Nashville
  • Newark, N.J.
  • New York City
  • Northern Virginia
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Toronto
  • Washington D.C.

In the big picture, Birmingham’s creative promotional campaign with the  Amazon boxes around town did bring a positive national spotlight on the Magic City.

We love this response Tweeted by the Birmingham campaign Bring A to B.

Here are some of the Bham Now articles we wrote on the recruitment of Amazon HQ2:

Seattle-based HR tech company picks Birmingham as potential Amazon HQ2 site

Why Amazon should take a chance on Birmingham

What’s next? Anyone who has visited Seattle will tell you Amazon’s reach goes beyond the central city.  With Atlanta and Nashville making the list perhaps we can attract some Amazon business.

Which city do you think will be chosen?

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.