Long Beach Huntington Beach Lose Amazon Bid, Glimmer of Hope Remains
Long Beach, CA
In a statement put out by Amazon official Holly Sullivan, Long Beach and Huntington Beach among other cities were notified they didn’t win the bid to be the next location for Amazon’s headquarters.
Amazon’s statement reads:
“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… we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”
Dubbed Amazon Coast, Long Beach and Huntington Beach put in a joint bid to lure Amazon back in October which would have shared three locations in both cities offering up lofty names like Amazon Sea, Amazon Air, and Amazon Coast. City officials at the time stated that all three sites, “create a trifecta that provides stability, balance and strength.” Both cities later came under scrutiny for refusing to release the details of the bid to the public leaving some to wonder what incentives if any were offered up to Amazon.
Glimmer of Hope
There is still a glimmer of hope for Long Beach however. Los Angeles is one of 20 finalists for Amazon’s new headquarters. Included in the Los Angeles bid are two locations in Long Beach. These two sites include 1 World Trade Center in Downtown Long Beach, and the the Boeing C-17 facility in East Long Beach.
Amazon says it will announce a winner later this year for their second headquarters.
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