The search for a second North American headquarters after Seattle set off a frenzied competition, with some 238 initial submitting applications, offering incentives including big tax breaks.
A number of cities contacted by the Associated Press earlier this month declined to say what exactly they offered Amazon in their proposals.
The Toronto proposal doesn't include any tax incentives, instead highlighting the region's access to highly skilled talent with salaries almost 40% less than those for similar positions in NY or Boston, and the country's friendly immigration policy.More news: Who Gets Sent Home When the US Government Shuts Down
Last year, Amazon received bids from 238 cities and regions from across 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America. Amazon is expected to make a final decision on the location for a new headquarters later this year.
Several other New England communities, including Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Leominster and Worcester in MA alone, submitted their own applications.
"Housing costs are also more moderate than other rapidly growing tech hubs, such as San Francisco, that are choking on their own success with lengthening commute times and higher housing costs", Vitner said.
"Well I'm disappointed", she said.
As you can see, the only city on the West Coast that's being considered is Los Angeles, with the rest of the cities and locations either in the Central US, Midwest, or East Coast. There is also a criteria for cultural community fit, but it is hard to gauge what makes the "Live Music Capital of the World" better than the Music City of Nashville.More news: New Trump ad calls Democrats 'complicit' in all murders by illegal immigrants
The list of finalists highlights a key challenge facing the US economy: Jobs and economic growth are increasingly concentrated in a few large metro areas, mostly on the East and West Coasts and a few places in between, such as Texas. Other bidders include Washington and two surrounding communities: Montgomery County, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
"Today's news makes clear that Amazon recognizes Chicago's great strengths - access to talent, transportation, higher education, affordability and quality of life, which are the keys to growth and prosperity", Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office wrote in a statement via Chicago TV station WLS-TV.
"It is a competitive process", Bodisch said.
More recently, Engineering graduate student Rohan Alur wrote a column in The Daily Pennsylvanian warning that leaders in Philadelphia should take note of Amazon's potential implications to local residents.
The deputy mayor also insisted that despite the endless feuds between the mayor and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, city and state officials are working collaboratively on the Amazon effort. Some stunts didn't work: Tucson, Arizona, which sent a 21-foot tall cactus to Seattle, did not make the list.More news: Sergio Aguero hat-trick guides Manchester City past Newcastle United
A new Amazon pickup location opened on Oakland Avenue in October.