DFW leaders emphasize positives even as area misses out on Amazon prize

Amazon, which has grown too big for its Seattle hometown, said it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York and northern Virginia. Each will get 25,000 jobs. In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs. One finalists for the HQ2 location was the Dallas area.

The Dallas Regional Chamber led the DFW Region’s unified response to Amazon’s HQ2 opportunity. Working closely with the Fort Worth Chamber and other regional economic development partners, elected officials, community leaders, and the State of Texas, the Dallas Regional Chamber organized and delivered a bid that led to the area making the initial cut.

“This was a unique chance to reinforce with Amazon — and the world — the many reasons DFW has been so successful in attracting companies, jobs, and individuals seeking a wonderful quality of life in one of the most affordable places in the nation,” said Dale Petroskey, CEO and president of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “Make no mistake, this has been a ‘win’ for our region regardless of the outcome. Our business community grows and expands by the day, and our momentum as a destination of choice has only increased as a result of being a finalist for HQ2.”

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