LYNN — The city’s dream to become Amazon’s second home is over, but Revere still has a shot.
The Seattle-based online retailer released its list of the 20 metropolitan areas under consideration for construction of HQ2, the company’s second corporate headquarters in North America.
Lynn tossed its hat in the ring hoping to bring the expected 50,000 high-paying jobs and more than $5 billion in investments in the city over the next two decades.
The Economic Development & Industrial Corp. (EDIC), Lynn’s development bank, submitted a proposal to Amazon on behalf of the city and four landlords who own more than 100 acres of waterfront property on the Lynnway.
Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to host HQ2.
Revere joined Boston in a proposal for HQ2 on the 161-acre Suffolk Downs property, which straddles both communities. At the time, Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo said collaborating with Boston to envision the racetrack’s future will serve as a revitalized anchor for the two communities for decades.
In addition to Boston and Revere, the listing includes: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Maryland’s Montgomery County, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto, and Washington D.C.
“We didn’t get it, but it was really positive to submit the bid, start to think big and put Lynn on the radar,” said Mayor Thomas M. McGee.
Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo could not immediately be reached for comment.
“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough, all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, an Amazon spokeswoman in a statement. “Through this process, we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”
Amazon said it will work with each of the finalists to explore their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans, as well as benefit its employees and the community.
Sullivan said Amazon expects to make a decision later this year.