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Despite not making Amazon cut, city officials say Kansas City gained experience

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Amazon is narrowing the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest concentration in the Northeast. (CBS) Amazon is narrowing the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest concentration in the Northeast. (CBS)

E-Commerce giant Amazon has narrowed its list of finalists for it's second headquarters to 20 cities and Kansas City is not on the list.

The 20 potential cities include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington D.C.

Last year, Amazon received bids from 238 cities and regions from across 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America. The company said it would make a decision in 2018.

"Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough - all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity," Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy said 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 evaluated each of the bids based on the criteria it previously outlined, such as proximity to a major airport and ability to attract tech talent.

KC metro leaders want Amazon’s second headquarters

In the coming months, the company said it will work with each of the locations to "dive deeper" into their proposals, obtain more information and evaluate how the city could accommodate Amazon's hiring plans and benefit its workers and the local community.

Called HQ2, the new facility will cost at least $5 billion to construct and operate, and will create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.

Cities made splashy attempts to attract the company's attention. For example, Tuscon, Arizona sent a giant cactus to CEO Jeff Bezos and Stonecrest, Georgia offered to de-annex some of its land and rename it the city of Amazon.

Meanwhile, Kansas City Mayor Sly James gave five-star reviews to 1,000 random items on Amazon's website, which tied in the city's strengths into each post.

Amazon has said the second headquarters would be a "full equal" to its Seattle campus. The tech giant estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 through 2016 resulted in an extra $38 billion to the city's economy.

Kansas City Manager Troy Shulte issued the following statement after the announcement from Amazon.

"Kansas City’s Amazon bid was a great team effort, and showed how leaders across the metro can come together to work on important projects like this. It was a creative bid, and we will continue to be aggressive in pursuing these opportunities for KCMO. After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Also, the national publicity for Kansas City generated by this competition shared news about our city’s momentum and economic growth."

Schulte said the city gained great experience putting proposals together to be aggressive going after development opportunities. 

He thinks there are some areas where the city may have fallen short, including the fact it doesn't have a major university of a high workforce engaged in technology. 

James also shared his thoughts about the decision via Twitter.

In comments later on Thursday, James pointed to what he says is the need for Kansas City to have an airport and improved transportation system. 

“If you look at that list they’re all bigger MSA’s," James said. "They have things that we don’t necessarily have in place quite yet, a comprehensive transportation system, an international airport, things that are vital to that particular businesses use. As we continue to build our city and doing the things that are necessary to take us to that next level, we will be in line in competition for more things like it.”

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