When Amazon put out its call for pitches from cities on why they were the perfect fit for the retail giant’s second headquarters, New England responded . . . enthusiastically. Somerville envisioned a multi-site campus tied together by the T. Hartford and Stamford’s joint bid got the only endorsement from Connecticut’s state government. And the state of New Hampshire’s proposal could be summed up as: “Boston sucks.”
But on Thursday, when Amazon released its short list of 20 finalists for its “HQ2” project, there was only one New England location: Yes, Boston.
(Though people familiar with Amazon’s thinking said Somerville is included under the Boston umbrella on the short list, the Globe reported.)
Unlike Connecticut, the state of Massachusetts did not endorse a specific location, instead highlighting 26 potential sites. The 182-page document declared that “Massachusetts has all the sites Amazon needs from A to Z.” The state proposed several sites in Boston, along with many other cities, including Fall River, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, New Bedford, Quincy, Taunton, Weymouth, and Worcester. Those cities, and others, also submitted individual bids.
In Connecticut, Danbury and Enfiled made pitches, and Bridgeport and New Haven submitted a joint bid. Two Maine cities — Brunswick and Scarborough — took a shot, and Rhode Island’s state proposal included Providence, Pawtucket-Central Falls, East Providence, Warwick, North Kingstown, Richmond, and Woonsocket as options.
Vermont is not known to have submitted a single bid.
In a press release, Amazon said it had reviewed more than 200 proposals from across North America, and that it planned to make a final choice sometime this year.
And if Boston is the winner, don’t worry, New Hampshire. As you emphasized in your bid, you’re just up the road. You’re welcome to visit anytime.