A team from Amazon that is evaluating the 20 finalists for a second North American headquarters will be in Chicago next week
The team’s hush-hush plans for its Chicago evaluation trip were reported Friday by the Chicago Sun-Times.
The city’s deputy mayor who is the point person on the effort to lure Amazon to the Windy City said he couldn’t say anything about it, when asked by the newspaper.
“Amazon wants to do this on a very confidential basis. Everybody is under strict non-disclosure,” the deputy mayor, Bob Rivkin said.
He did acknowledge that, obviously, Amazon would do a site visit. Presumably, officials from the company will visit all 20 cities on the finalist list.
“When they come, we’re gonna show them what an incredibly strong candidate city Chicago is for everything they need,” Rivkin told the Sun-Times. “We have scale. We have talent. We have transportation. We have great quality of life and employees. You can’t fail to see that and feel that when you come visit. So, we’re looking forward to it because we’re under a non-disclosure agreement.”
Chicago’s $2.25 billion bid for the second Amazon headquarters includes 10 potential sites around the city.
Besides Chicago, other cities on the list include Austin; Atlanta and Boston; three areas in the Washington D.C. metro; Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Raleigh, N.C.; New York; Newark, N.J.; Nashville; Los Angeles; Indianapolis; Denver; Dallas; Miami; Columbus, Ohio; and the only international bid, Toronto.