Ontario to bid for Amazon HQ2 by investing in education, not offering incentives
The region’s formal bids to win the hotly contested competition for Seattle-based Amazon’s second headquarters will be submitted this week.
“As a businessman, I like this approach; successful firms want to be in jurisdictions that are inherently attractive, and that will remain so in the future,” Clark said at a Canadian Club speech at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on Wednesday.
“This is doubly true if you are locating a head office. Companies want jurisdictions that invest in educated workforces, have livable cities, and put out a welcome mat for the best talent to bring their energy and ideas from anywhere in the world.”
https://www.thestar.com/news/queens...-education-wont-offer-us-firm-incentives.htmlThat’s why the government is investing in “talent” that will help the region, regardless of whether the firm comes.
“No special deals. We are offering Amazon the best place in the world to do business,” he said.
The Ontario government announced Wednesday it would boost “support for students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, including artificial intelligence, to continue to build a highly skilled workforce and support job creation and economic growth.”
The hope is to increase the number of graduates in those disciplines by 25 per cent over the next five years, from 40,000 to 50,000 annually.
As well, the province will spend $30 million to work with the Vector Institute, of which Clark is the chair, to increase the number of professional applied masters’ graduates in artificial intelligence to 1,000 a year within five years.
That’s designed to help the Ontario municipalities, including the Toronto region, Ottawa, and Hamilton, vying for Amazon’s headquarters.
Interesting use of the cover page to push an oft-repeated feature (in this case, diversity). On pg. 87, they start going into potential sites. Pg. 95 details Downtown Toronto sites- existing inventory, 16 York, CIBC Square and of course the East Harbour sites are all there.Toronto's bid book for Amazon is online.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/19/amazons-hq2-race-draws-offers-of-as-much-as-7-billion.htmlNew Jersey proposed $7 billion in potential credits against state and city taxes if Amazon locates in Newark and sticks to hiring commitments, according to a Monday news release from the governor's office.
Across the Hudson River, New York City made a proposal without incentives special for Amazon, though the state is expected to offer some, a spokesman for the city's economic development corporation said on Wednesday.
And across the country, California is offering some $300 million in incentives over several years and other benefits, the governor said in an Oct. 11 letter to Amazon's Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, published online by the Orange County Register.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/10/19/amazon-headquarters-bids/779232001/Atlanta: Emphasizing its mix of transportation, corporate talent and strong location with a welcoming business climate — and a suburb willing to change its name to Amazon.
Austin, Texas: Expected to emphasize its bustling progressive culture, talent and strong local economy.
Baltimore: Betting on its location between New York and Washington, D.C.
Boston: Emphasizing outstanding local talent, transit and real estate in a bid running in parallel to separate proposals by several other Massachusetts municipalities.
Charlotte, N.C.: Betting on its reputation as pro-business, paired with a socal media campaign.
Chicago: Emphasizing its quality of life and location.
Cincinnati: Highlighting regional cooperation in a joint bid with Dayton, Ohio and northern Kentucky.
Cleveland: Hoping that affordability and development options prove enticing.
Columbus, Ohio:Showing off the area's talent and university connections.
Dallas-Fort Worth: Maximizing regional appeal and identifying high-profile real estate options.
Denver:Not disclosing much but widely viewed as a leading contender due to its quality of life and bustling economy.
Detroit:Got rival football coaches to unite to promote a bid that emphasizes cheap real estate and cooperation with across-the-river Windsor, Ontario.
Houston: Hoping its extensive land options and corporate talent strike a chord.
Las Vegas: Hoping that low taxes prove to be a draw.
Los Angeles: Highlighting specific sites where Amazon could extend its West Coast roots.
Miami-Dade, Fla.: Hoping that regional cooperation, including participation from Broward and Palm Breach counties, and quality of life will seal the deal.
Milwaukee: Aiming for regional coordination in southeast Wisconsin as a key selling point.
Minneapolis-St. Paul: Emphasizing regional appeal and existing national retail companies.
New York: Hoping that the city's global appeal and talent overcome its steep cost of living and real estate.
Philadelphia: Emphasizing its strong workforce and its pivotal location as a major transit hub.
Pittsburgh: Betting on the area's tech reinvention, strong talent and low cost of living.
Portland, Ore.: Hoping to grab Amazon's attention by identifying a specific city property that would benefit from political action to raise height limits to accommodate the company's needs.
Research Triangle, N.C.: The North Carolina hub hopes tech talent in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill rises above its competition.
Salt Lake City: Expected to emphasize outdoor living in a bid coordinated by the state of Utah.
San Diego: Hoping the area's undeniable quality of life makes up for an understated tech sector.
San Francisco-Oakland: Betting that the Bay Area's legendary tech talent and a regionally coordinated bid will prove enticing despite the high cost of living.
Washington, D.C.: Hoping the city's booming development, talent, proximity to power and culture will overcome a decision not to coordinate bids with southern Maryland or northern Virginia.
Yup that quote went viral during TIFF - but Toronto Global definitely didn't play it safe by putting it in. As to the posturing of the bid, it's basically a big FU to other cities in the US - in the polite Canadian manner, of course. We could have one-upped it with the bat-toss.
I don't imagine they will have issues hiring across North America - though no doubt they will recruit locally as well.That being said, I still wonder how Amazon is going to approach hiring for its HQ2 workforce- whether by importing them from across North America or through the local university systems.
Page 30 (of the bid book) has the classic it's/its typo.Toronto's bid book for Amazon is online.
There seems to be quite a few typos in the bid book. I've spotted at least three: pg. 30 its/it's, pg. 65 "shorty ferry ride", and pg.73 "it only takes only 25 minutes" (in reference to the UPX of all things). It's kind of embarrassing.Page 30 (of the bid book) has the classic it's/its typo.
They should really fix the typos and upload a new document, with the same name, to the same location.There seems to be quite a few typos in the bid book. I've spotted at least three: pg. 30 its/it's, pg. 65 "shorty ferry ride", and pg.73 "it only takes only 25 minutes" (in reference to the UPX of all things). It's kind of embarrassing.