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Charleston not going after Amazon’s 2nd HQ

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The Charleston region is not vying for Amazon’s second corporate headquarters, according to the head of a local economic development agency.

David Ginn, president and CEO of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, said that, although the region has successfully recruited manufacturing giants Boeing, Mercedes-Benz Vans and Volvo Cars, and has nurtured tech companies including Blackbaud and Benefitfocus, the Lowcountry does not fit Amazon’s bill.

Amazon said contenders need to have international airports, research universities, a functional mass transit system and a population of at least 1 million. The company has received 238 proposals from cities across North America hoping to score its $5 billion economic development deal.

“While HQ2 would be out of scale with our community (the equivalent of seven Boeings or 38 Blackbauds) and could potentially overwhelm what we love about living here, there’s much to learn from Amazon’s very public process,” Ginn said. “The company’s selection criteria outline what it takes to be competitive in today’s global environment and the changing landscape of economic development.”

Seattle-based Amazon plans to name its additional headquarters site in 2018.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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