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narrowed the field of cities for its proposed new headquarters to 20, with four Midwestern markets Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh among the contenders.
Cleveland didn’t make the cut. Neither did Detroit, where Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was head of the team that led the bid.
“Of course we’re disappointed we didn’t make the list of finalists,” said Joe Roman, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, which was involved in Cleveland’s bid for the project.
“But it’s incumbent on us to be supportive of Columbus,” he said. “Because they’re 125 miles from us, that could benefit Greater Cleveland. I do think there could be great benefits to Cleveland, to our IT community, to our university community, so we’re going to work hard with them.”
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish said in a statement via Twitter, “We made a strong proposal for AmazonHQ2. We are disappointed but as always (are) proud of the great collaborative work our community did to put together the bid. We are ready for the next big opportunity.”
A statement from the group of eight organizations that call themselves the Amazon “Deal Team,” said the organizations were disappointed their bid is not a finalist for the Amazon second headquarters. But they believe their effort will have a long term benefit to the city.
“Cleveland’s bid portrayed the numerous elements and assets of the region that make it unique and demonstrated the community’s capacity to successfully attract corporate investment,” the statement read. “Cleveland’s business, government and civic leaders wish Columbus well and will do what they can to support Columbus’ ongoing efforts to bring HQ2 to Ohio.
The group has declined to release the details of its bid publicly and that policy will not change.
“The content of the proposal will remain a protected business trade secret that will be deployed to benefit Cleveland in other nationally competitive economic development discussions,” the statement read.
The members of the deal team working group are the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Jobs Ohio, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, JobsOhio, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and Team NEO.
Seattle based Amazon solicited proposals in September for its second corporate seat, a project that’s expected to cost more than $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs. and Canada have eagerly expressed interest, and the company received proposals from 238 locations, including from smaller markets like Tulsa, Okla., and Memphis, Tenn.