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Cincinnati Doesn't Make Cut For Amazon's HQ2, Will Make Bid For Apple Campus

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Amazon HQ2 will not be coming to Cincinnati

Amazon is out with a pared down list of the 238 proposals from North American cities and it doesn’t include Cincinnati as a finalist. The winner will be home to the company’s second headquarters in North America.

But now, Mayor John Cranley says the city will submit a bid package for Apple Inc.'s planned new campus, which could create 20,000 jobs. 


"We're not going to win every time,'' Cranley told reporters after Thursday's council meeting. "But we are going to keep going up to the plate and taking our swings." 

Columbus and Indianapolis are on the list that includes 20 metropolitan areas.

Cranley said his office got a call from Amazon Thursday morning  and was told that a more detailed explanation of why Cincinnati was rejected would be forthcoming. 

From the Amazon release:

“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

From here, Amazon says it will "dive deeper into the proposals, request additional information and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership."

Amazon expects to make a decision in 2018.

The second headquarters will be an investment of over $5 billion and the home to as many as 50,000 high paying jobs.

Here is a list of the other cities on the list.

Amazon announced a year ago it plans to build a one and a half billion dollar air services hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Ann Thompson has years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology