Fair to ask, but nothing necessarily went wrong though.Perhaps the border was an insurmountable problem with Toronto’s bid, but when we lose out to Nashville for the consolation prize, we should ask ourselves what went wrong.
True. However it would be nice to know what we can do better to make Toronto attractive to footloose, high-value businesses. If the primary reasons we lost were either the border or our sensible refusal to shower AMZN with tax breaks and subsidies, then fair enough. But if there were other factors it would be good to try to learn what they were, to see if we can improve our future competitiveness.Fair to ask, but nothing necessarily went wrong though.
Amazon hasn't announced that they are not expanding their presence in Toronto. Meanwhile, through this bid we have had an excellent opportunity to showcase the city to continental and international business.
5000 jobs in Nashville is a shitload for that small town.Nashville is unexpected third-place winner in Amazon HQ2
I kinda hope that Amazon does this with Toronto too. I know they've made large investments in Vancouver, but that makes me jealous.
As some posters here will be aware, I have had access to information suggesting a Toronto presence. I absolutely cannot guarantee that, as it isn't first hand; but the source was good. At the time they suggested this might not be HQ, but they were wondering. FWIW, my source says that deal is still to come. That may or may not prove to be true.I think Amazon will eventually expand it's Toronto presence. As a retailer there is really only one market location you would want to be in Canada. The Vancouver headquarters location and expansion makes sense because of the cheap back-office proximity to Seattle but in terms of Canada in general it's pretty remote if that even matters anymore.
This is bloody infuriating! Really, its genuinely awful. From a pure capitalist perspective, its market-distorting government 'picking the winners'; from a more progressive slantCorporate welfare for the world's richest man
Here are the most infuriating details of Amazon’s HQ2 deals
There are reports dropping hints of TO being in play for something - Amazon Studios, perhaps?As some posters here will be aware, I have had access to information suggesting a Toronto presence. I absolutely cannot guarantee that, as it isn't first hand; but the source was good. At the time they suggested this might not be HQ, but they were wondering. FWIW, my source says that deal is still to come. That may or may not prove to be true.
At least we got a consolation prize.Premier Ford to Celebrate Opening of Amazon's New Toronto Office
Not HQ2 (obviously), but I wasn't aware of Amazon opening a new office/new office location here.