NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Hampton Roads will not get Amazon's second headquarters.
Amazon unveiled its list of 20 finalists after reviewing 238 proposals from across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
In its sales pitch, Virginia offered 10 different sites in the Commonwealth for Amazon to consider, including Town Center in Virginia Beach, Harbour View in Suffolk, and Fort Monroe in Hampton.
In the end, it was only Northern Virginia that made the cut. Washington D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland are also finalists.
When asked for comment, Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms said, “Obviously disappointed, but at the same time no regrets that we tried.”
Amazon has said it will fill its second headquarters with as many as 50,000 new full-time employees over the next 10 to 15 years who would earn more than $100,000 a year in wages and benefits.
Amazon had a few requirements for its new headquarters that will bring in more than $5 billion in capital expenditures. Those requirements included being within 45 minutes to an international airport, access to mass transit and economic incentives.
Sessoms said the city will take this as a learning lesson.
“I believe that we can overcome the light rail issue perhaps say, ‘hey down the road’ and I do believe light rail will be in Virginia Beach, but the question is when,” said Sessoms. “But at the same time if these types of companies are making it a firm requirement, we need to acknowledge that and know that.”
Tidewater Community College Economy Expert Peter Shaw said while Hampton Roads won’t benefit directly if Northern Virginia is picked, there’s still an upside.
“It would be a nice boost to the state of Virginia for jobs and job salaries to help elevate the standard of living and help bring revenue into the state treasury,” said Shaw.
The 20 finalists for Amazon's second headquarters:
- Atlanta, GA
- Austin, TX
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Columbus, OH
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
- Indianapolis, IN
- Los Angeles, CA
- Miami, FL
- Montgomery County, MD
- Nashville, TN
- Newark, NJ
- New York City, NY
- Northern Virginia, VA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Raleigh, NC
- Toronto, ON
- Washington D.C.
In a statement, Governor Ralph Northam said he "couldn't be prouder" for Northern Virginia's inclusion.
"We look forward to a continuing partnership with our Northern Virginia communities to show Amazon and job creators all over the world that the Commonwealth is the best place to locate and grow,” Northam said.