(WJBK) - Detroit is out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters.
Amazon posted to its website Thursday morning the cities who have made it to the second round in the bid for their second headquarters. Detroit is not on the list.
Detroit's proposal included office space in existing buildings, more space in projects under development and vacant land. Amazon had made clear that tax breaks and grants would be a big factor in its decision about where to locate the project.
Dan Gilbert, founder of online mortgage lender Quicken Loans and Bedrock commercial real estate, was picked last year by Mayor Mike Duggan to lead the team pursuing Amazon.
Grand Rapids also didn't make the cut. Cities close to Detroit that made it to the next round include Toronto and Columbus. You can see the full list of cities that made it to the second round below.
Amazon plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses. HQ2 will be the second Amazon headquarters in North America.
In the coming months, Amazon says it will work with each of the 20 locations to dive deeper into their proposals. A decision is expected sometime this year.
The 20 cities Amazon is choosing from include:
In response to the news, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says, "We would have loved to have made it into the next round for Amazon's second headquarters but everyone here is incredibly proud of the proposal we submitted. It showed a clear vision for the future of our city and brought out the very best of our city and our region."
Gilbert said in a statement, "Obviously, we are all disappointed Amazon did not name Detroit as one of the 20 cities they will be further evaluating for their new "HQ2". We are not deterred in any way, shape or form. Detroit is the most exciting city in the country right now and the momentum continues to build every single day.
All you have to do is spend an hour walking around town and you will have a very clear and deep understanding of the opportunities, optimism and future of the motor city. We have no doubt our best days are ahead of us. There are numerous large and small deals you will continue to see develop into reality in the months and years ahead."