Birmingham didn’t make the list of finalists for Amazon’s second corporate headquarters, but the social media campaign surrounding the Magic City’s bid garnered national attention.
And city leaders said they learned a lot from the bid process.
“Throughout the recruitment of Amazon, there was great value in the process we used in providing information the company needed to consider Birmingham. Those efforts will be applied to future projects that are sure to come along,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, who took office after the bid was submitted.
Amazon today unveiled a list of the top 20 cities still in the running for the company’s second corporate headquarters in North America. No Alabama city made the cut.
The e-commerce giant plans to invest $5 billion in a HQ2 that would employ 50,000. Amazon said 238 cities submitted proposals, including Birmingham and Huntsville.
“The city of Birmingham, Jefferson County and the entire state of Alabama experienced tremendous value as part of this process,” said Rick Davis, senior vice president of economic development at the Birmingham Business Alliance. “There was a true collaborative spirit on local, state and regulatory levels. We felt our proposal was comprehensive and had a clear-cut vision set for Amazon in terms of what we could offer regarding both workforce and all the other issues important to the company — and how we could grow together. We are extremely proud of Birmingham’s effort as we compete for current and future economic development opportunities.”
The Birmingham Business Alliance today declined to release what was included in the Magic City’s proposal. Davis previously said the package was a “great road map for how we would bring Amazon to Birmingham.”
The Washingtonian ranked Birmingham’s public campaign for Amazon HQ2 No. 1 in a list of nine cities. The campaign included the installation of three gigantic Amazon boxes at Region Field, The Pizitz and Legion Field. Residents were asked to snap a picture standing in front of a box and tweet it with #bringatob.
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In a statement today, Woodfin mentioned the recently-announced agreement between Birmingham, U.S. Steel and Barber Motorsports that will result in a new industrial park off Barber Parkway.
“The park, which will focus on ‘high-tech’ companies, is an example of partnerships that help make Birmingham the best place to locate a new business,” he said.
“Birmingham, Jefferson County and the state of Alabama will continue to recruit workforce training, site development and other programs tailored to the needs of new businesses looking at Birmingham and the region,” he said.
According to the Birmingham Business Alliance, the team that worked on the proposal included staff from the city of Birmingham, the Jefferson County Commission, mayors of the largest 10 cities in Jefferson County, Birmingham Business Alliance, Alabama Power, Spire Energy, Big Communications, Alabama Department of Commerce, Rev Birmingham, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Birmingham Airport Authority and Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority.