It was the shot heard round the world when three days ago Amazon’s CEO made the announcement that they would not move forward with the new headquarters and its development project in New York City.
Immediately, there was speculation as to why this seemingly incredible deal was dead. This was, after all, what so many cities fought for, so how could it go wrong?!
There Won’t Be A New Search
What’s the next move for the giant?
Amazon said despite pulling out of its plan to build a second headquarters in New York City following a flood of opposition from state and local officials, it doesn’t “intend” to reopen its HQ2 search “at this time.”
In a blog post released Thursday, Amazon said, “We do not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time. We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada.”
The news comes as a disappointment to the 18 cities that were on the company’s short list as finalists during its year-long search last year.
Those cities included: Toronto, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, Boston, Newark, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montgomery County in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Raleigh, Atlanta and Miami.
The long list of cities is pretty much any city with a stop sign and a gas station.
What Does This Mean For Dallas?
The main group to champion the cause of having an Amazon Headquarters in Dallas in our Chamber of Commer. They’re the catalyst that got us on the shortlist and they’ll be the ones working on getting us back in front of Amazon when the company decides to start it search once again, and it will.
Here’s how the 2017 Chair described the process of getting us onto Amazon’s shortlist;
“We submitted a proposal that would make the DFW Region proud, as it showcased all of our competitive advantages,” 2017 DRC Chair Hilda Galvan told the crowd at the Hilton Anatole. “Now, the next round of hard work begins, and having watched the DRC up close, I know that this organization is up to the task.”
Galvan said North Texas economic trends since 2010 – population growth of roughly 1 million, the addition of nearly 700,000 jobs, and the relocations of 75 corporate headquarters – indicate that workers and businesses will continue to thrive in the Dallas Region, with our without an HQ2.
The event’s keynote panel – Dallas Cowboys Hall-of-Famers Roger Staubach and Emmitt Smith, and Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson– discussed the lessons sports have taught them in their professional lives.
“You can’t become a sore loser,” said Staubach, who led the Cowboys to five Super Bowls, winning two of them. “I hated to lose, but I was never a sore loser. It took me a few hours to get over (losing), but by Monday, I couldn’t wait until the next week.”
Hear that Amazon, we don’t need you – but we’d love to have you here.
Our Own Shortlist
We decided to have a little fun here at Ritz Group Realty and put together a list of Dallas Luxury Listings that Jeff Bezos would like if he moved his headquarters, and himself here to our beautiful metropolis.
Which do think he’d love? Jeff, any favorites? Hey, if you don’t ask, you’ll never know.