On Monday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters “I don’t think they have made a final determination yet, but we stand ready to respond to any concerns they might have.”
Amazon put out an unusually public call for proposals from cities interested in landing perhaps the biggest corporate location project in the nation's history. In January, the company included Atlanta on a list of 20 cities it was still considering. The company said it would announce a location this year.
The list of top areas included three in the Washington D.C. area.
Deal said Monday that that was an indication the nation’s capital and surrounding area might be favored by Amazon. “Their business, I suppose, does require some engagement with the federal government.”
Deal on Monday pointed out that Amazon has located fulfillment centers in Georgia and continues to add jobs locally.
But boosters around the nation were drawn to the HQ2 project’s potential for a massive number of high paying jobs, a big image boost and the potential to draw related businesses. The interest sparked expectations that winning Amazon’s favor might require multi-billion-dollar economic incentive packages from state and local governments. Deal had once talked about the possibility of calling a special session of the Georgia Legislature to approve extra incentives.
On Monday, Deal downplayed any disappointments over Amazon.
“We are not going to have our hearts broken if they decide to go somewhere else,” he said.
Deal spoke during a gathering called to highlight Georgia’s business climate being selected No. 1 in the nation for the sixth year in a row by Site Selection, an economic development trade publication.
“We are still the No. 1 state in which to do business,” the governor said when asked about Amazon. “If they don’t recognize that, that’s up to them.”
The quest for Amazon
Amazon announced in September of 2017 plans to create a second headquarters in addition to its current base in Seattle. In January the company announced 20 cities, including Atlanta, that it said it was still considering for the project and 50,000 planned jobs. Amazon has previously said it would announce its decision this year.