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Columbus' chances improve in race to attract Amazon HQ2


Columbus chances improve in race to attract Amazon HQ2

Columbus faces a one-in-19 chance of winning Amazon's "HQ2" project, now that the mayor of one finalist city said the company rejected their bid for the new headquarters.

The mayor of Arlington, Texas, said the bid submitted by Dallas is no longer in the running for the project.

One local economic development expert said that could improve the chances for Columbus to win the project and the 50-thousand jobs the company is promising. Ned Hill is a professor with the John Glenn School of Public Policy at Ohio State. Hill said he thinks Columbus is still in the second tier of cities, but said Columbus remains very attractive.

One reason might be a surprise: the weather. Hill pointed out that it's relatively boring.

"We don't get earthquakes, we don't get hurricanes and we know how to get to work in the snow," Hill said. He also pointed out the proximity to Ohio State and numerous other colleges and universities in Central Ohio could provide the workforce Amazon would require.

Columbus faces a one-in-19 chance of winning Amazon's "HQ2" project, now that the mayor of one finalist city said the company rejected their bid for the new headquarters. (WSYX/WTTE)

Central Ohio is also home to a number of fulfillment centers for Amazon. Those are the facilities that package and ship the items shoppers buy on Amazon and could be a foot in the door for Columbus.

Columbus is also home to corporate headquarters for retailers like L Brands and has two large JP Morgan Chase facilities, which handles cyber security for Amazon.

A representative from Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther's office said Columbus is still in the running, but wouldn't comment further.

Columbus 2020, which is promoting the project, wouldn't comment.

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