Rahm Emanuel

No boo-hoo over HQ2: Lessons learned from failed Amazon chase could help Chicago later

No boo-hoo over HQ2: Lessons learned from failed Amazon chase could help Chicago later

Chicago spent more than a year trying to land Amazon’s so-called HQ2, a once-in-a-generation headquarters prize that carried with it the promise of 50,000 high-paying jobs. Instead, the Seattle-based company split its expansion between New York and northern Virginia, with a smaller operation going to Nashville, Tenn.

What did Chicago get for its troubles?

Plenty, say real estate developers and local officials. There’s unlikely to be another HQ2 that could single-handedly fill 50 acres or more. But Chicago’s HQ2 bid has accelerated plans on several sites that could attract major corporations seeking an urban campus where employees can work, live, shop, eat and be entertained....

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