Dallas Loses Bid For Amazon HQ2

Alan Scaia
November 13, 2018 - 1:24 pm
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The mayor of Dallas says he was called Tuesday morning and told the city had lost its bid for Amazon's second headquarters. Amazon has announced plans to split up "HQ2" and build locations in New York and near Washington DC.

"I like to win, so my heart's broken today," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says. "But I will tell you we are leaps and bounds better as a city because we went through this. Competition sharpens that knife."

Rawlings says Amazon showed a "fascination" with the East Coast. He also says the company expected to find qualified workers immediately in Washington and New York.

Rawlings says he hopes that sends a message to the state legislature to "finances public schools the way they need to be financed."

"There's some soul searching that's got to take place this spring to see if our legislators can come forward with plans to lead this state and make sure we're competitive with the talent we need," he says.

The Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce says the city offered $600 million in incentives. Rawlings says Washington DC and New York both offered $1.5 billion.

Rawlings says Amazon toured several locations near downtown, including sites near the American Airlines Center and in the Cedars area, south of downtown. He says Amazon was impressed with the locations but would have wanted a deck park built over the I-30 Canyon.