Amazon’s decision to cancel its New York headquarters investment has led to intense debate among academics, politicians, and civil society.
The split culminated Amazon’s very public search process in which 238 U.S. cities submitted detailed bids to the company to host its “second headquarters,” or HQ2. Many of these bids remain secret, shielded from public records laws due to exceptions to public disclosure of economic development projects, or the use of non-public entities, such as Chambers of Commerce, to submit the bid.
But for 26 publicly-released bids, we have a rare opportunity to peek under the hood of U.S. regional economic development.
Here are five main takeaways from a review of these bids.
.. The Amazon HQ2 process highlights what is both right and what is wrong about economic development in the United States.
Source: Five economic development takeaways from the Amazon HQ2 bids