“I was thrilled to learn that Miami was selected as one of the 20 finalists for Amazon’s HQ2. I’ve always known that our world-class community would be an ideal location for the e-commerce giant’s second home,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council led the regional charge for the Miami Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) along with the economic development organizations in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and local partners, in submitting the Miami MSA bid to Amazon. President and CEO Michael Finney said he had confidence in the community’s potential selection from the start.
“Amazon recognized that Miami is a global community of the future with an open landscape that is built for innovation and modern infrastructure. Miami’s entrepreneurial spirit mirrors Amazon’s Day One philosophy,” said Finney.
The Miami MSA’s Amazon proposal is a comprehensive bid that provides compelling reasons for the region’s selection.
Highlights of the proposal include:
- Sites: Eight potential sites including urban and suburban options;
- Talent: A culturally diverse, multilingual and talented workforce of more than 3.1 million people for Amazon to draw upon;
- Education: Four R1 and R2 ranked research universities and a total of 375,000 college students and award winning elementary, secondary and other schools;
- Transit and Mobility: Miami compares favorably to other metropolitan cities in terms of commute times and global connectivity. 2,000 nonstop flights daily and technology-enabled solutions for greater mobility, from smart signals to rapid transit including the new Brightline regional train;
- Quality of Life: Unbeatable weather and vibrant lifestyle with one of the best costs of living for a major city, world-class parks and recreation, great public and private schools, nationally renowned health facilities, and a globally recognized arts and culture community;
- Competitive Incentives: A competitive incentive package from state and local sources that provides Amazon with varied opportunities for growth.
Miami-Dade Beacon Council Chair Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctors Hospital, is confident in Miami-Dade’s readiness for the next phase of the process.
“Amazon’s announcement that Miami is one of its 20 shortlisted communities is fantastic news for our community. We all need to be part of this moment as big changes and new opportunities are arising. Miami is a great place to do business with its diverse and talented workforce from all over the world. As Chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, we look forward to the next steps working alongside our partners as we continue to support Miami-Dade’s economy and bring more and better jobs to this community.”
Finney continued, “this was a real team effort by Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties along with other partners such as Miami DDA and City of Doral to name a few. Being selected in Amazon’s top 20 list allows the world to know what we have known for many years, that Miami is indeed one of the top business destinations in North America.”
Amazon has announced that it will make its decision in 2018.