June 22, 2018
Economic developers are well aware that Amazon issued a Request for Proposals for a new corporate headquarters which will create 50,000 new jobs and include a $5 billion investment in construction. The RFP called for communities with a population of over 1 million, business-friendly environment, close to international airport, major highways, mass transit and room for 8 million square feet of expansion.
The RFP was issued in September 2017. They received 238 proposals. A shortlist of 20 communities was announced in January 2018.
5 links on Amazon's HQ2 RFP
Citylab's guide to HQ2 bids -This link includes an analysis of the pros and cons of all 20 short-listed communities.
Toronto's Bid – Toronto is the lone Canadian city in the short-list. Studying this proposal is like taking a master class in responding to a Request for Information. The proposal focuses on Toronto’s talent pipeline. Collaboration a key feature. The bid includes sites across the GTA including downtown Toronto, Burlington on the west, Ajax to the east and Vaughan to the north.
The Downside of HQ2 - This article looks at the downside of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle such as increased housing costs, displaced minorities, a swelling homeless population and traffic problems.
What we Learned - Calgary’s response to the news it had not made the short-list was refreshing. It included a self-analysis and addressed what the City needed to focus on in the future. Calgary showed themselves to be great sports and publicly supported Toronto’s bid and investment in Canada.