Miami Makes The Cut As Amazon World Headquarters Hunt Continues

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Miami remains in the running to be Amazon’s number two world headquarters

Today the great Amazon headquarters race for 2019 has been cut down from over 238 cities to just 20 and Miami is still in the running. Joining Miami in the hunt are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Montgomery County, Maryland, Nashville, Northern Virginia, Newark, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

Amazon’s second “World Headquarters,” site is worth billions to the area that lands the online retail giant. In documents provided by Amazon, News Talk Florida had a chance to go over just what Amazon is looking for from its host city.

Here are the basic requirements needed to be the second home to the company.

The Amazon headquarters must be within 30 miles from the population center, within 45 minutes from an international airport, not more than 1-2 miles from major highways and arterial roads, access to mass transit (rail, train, subway/metro or bus routes) on site.

While some cities are hardly shocking — New York, Chicago, Denver, Austin — that doesn’t mean the list is without surprises.

There were a few surprises on the list with small market cities in the Midwest like Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis making the cut. Another bit of a shocker was Raleigh, North Carolina, but one thing going for them is the rapidly growing “Research Triangle” region.

Something to watch is Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, has become a fixture in Washington, D.C. He just bought a $23 million mansion that has 27,000 square feet, and Bezos reportedly intends to turn it into a single-family home, the largest in the Nation’s Capital.

He already owns the Washington Post and it should be noted that Amazon seems to really like the D.C. area. Of the 20 cities making the cut, Washington and two suburbs, Montgomery County, Maryland, along with Northern Virginia area all making the cut.

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.