Maybe we’re too close to Seattle. Or too cold. Or too stingy. Or not smart enough. Nah, it can’t be that. Amazon.com Inc.’s list of 20 places still in the running for its second corporate home, released Thursday, did not include the Twin Cities, a psychic blow to a region that repeatedly tops “best of” and “quality of life” lists and where many quietly believe the satirical boast that “all the children are above average.” The Seattle-based retailer whittled the list from 238 site proposals for an office complex that will eventually employ 50,000 people. “It was a stiff competition,” said Shawntera Hardy, commissioner of the state Department of Employment and Economic Development, which co-authored Minnesota’s pitch with Greater MSP, a nonprofit that promotes the region. Michael Langley, chief executive of Greater MSP, said he spoke to an Amazon representative Thursday and hopes to learn more about why the Twin Cities was eliminated. “Projects like this sometimes have more than one life and so we need to continue to make sure that Amazon knows that this a great region for their future,” Langley said.Minnesota offered $3 million to $5 million in incentives to Amazon, according to portions of the proposal… Read full this story
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