San Diego and Chula Vista are out of the running to get Amazon‘s second headquarters, the Internet retailing giant revealed Thursday morning.
Amazon announced the 20 U.S. cities “that will proceed to the next step in the HQ2 process.”
Los Angeles was the only California city to make the cut, and Denver the only other city in the western United States.
“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough,” the company said in a tweet. “All the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity.”
The other finalists are Dallas, Austin, Nashville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Toronto, Miami, Atlanta, Raleigh, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Newark, New York City, Boston, the northern Virginia area and Montgomery County, MD.
The Seattle-based company plans to spend more than $5 billion on the new headquarters, promising 50,000 new high-paying jobs and support for thousands of construction and other related positions.
A San Diego-area proposal was submitted in October by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. The plan proposed four potential sites in Chula Vista, downtown, Mission Valley and Otay Mesa.
Chula Vista’s City Council bolstered its bid by approving a $400 million incentive package for the massive online retailer. That package would have seen HQ2 incorporated into the city’s Millenia mixed-use mega-development. The city also would have provided the company with 85 acres valued at $100 million and tax breaks of $300 million over 10 years.
The list of 20 finalists matches what some analysts had believed — that the company would want to diversify geographically away from the West Coast since its main headquarters are in Seattle.
Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corp, said, “While disappointed San Diego/Chula Vista did not advance, we are not at all surprised. We knew that this would be a long-shot based on geography and incentive options, but we also know that as a region, San Diego can most definitely compete with others in terms of talent, entrepreneurship, innovation and quality of life.”
Amazon already has a large presence in San Diego after leasing more than 100,000 square feet of office space in University City.
City News Service contributed to this article.