DETROIT — Amazon has released a list of the top 20 finalist among the 238 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico vying to serve as that company’s second headquarters. Detroit was not among them.
Detroit made a joint bid with the city of Windsor. It offered big tax breaks, cheap labor costs and a possible ferry to the Canadian city.
Amazon did not release how it came up with its top 20 list.
“We would have loved to have made it into the next round for Amazon’s second headquarters, but everyone here is incredibly proud of the proposal we submitted,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement. “It showed a clear vision for the future of our city and brought out the very best of our city and our region.”
“We are a top 10 state and we will continue driving to be the best in the nation,” Gov. Snyder said in a statement. “There is no limit to what Michiganders can do and this proposal demonstrated exactly how we can marshal our resources and collaborate. Throughout the process of putting together this bid, we learned our greatest strengths and identified areas where we can improve. Now we are even more ready for the next big prospect.
“Michigan’s spirit is unstoppable, and so is our comeback,” Snyder added. “This won’t set us back – we’re accelerating to the next opportunity. We know it’s out there.”