Windsor-Detroit Fails To Make Second Round For Amazon Headquarters

A bid by Windsor-Detroit to host a second headquarters for Amazon has failed to make the cut to the second round.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the city would have loved to have made the next round, “but everyone here is incredibly proud of the proposal we submitted.”

“We have learned a great deal from this process and it was a very valuable experience,” says Duggan. “I expect the lessons we learned in the Amazon process will help us [be] more successful on a number of other major potential investments that we are currently pursuing.”

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens agrees.

“At the right time, we’ll be able to have a conversation with Amazon to determine how we can shore up our proposal, what areas they thought needed a little work,” says Dilkens. “And they’re reflect on our own cities and jurisdictions to see how we can make those improvements to further the business case for another company.”

So where did Windsor and Detroit fall short?

“I really don’t know,” says Dilkens with a laugh. “It’s really hard to say. We really need to have that conversation with Amazon.”

The online distributor released a list of the 20 cities that will advance Thursday. Only one Canadian city will advance to the next round for a $5-billion investment expected to create 50,000 new jobs, Toronto.

The other cities listed are:

  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • New York City, New York
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Miami, Florida

238 cities across North American submitted bids.

Windsor-Detroit was the only bi-national bid.

The winning bid is expected to be announced by the end of the year.