Amazon announces top 20 list

By Kayla Anderson

Amazon released the list of cities to be considered as candidates for its second headquarters, which included Los Angeles as one of the finalists.

Pomona, Cal Poly Pomona, Fairplex and the city of Los Angeles joined forces to submit a proposal to become the new location for H2Q.

With one of the chosen cities being Los Angeles, our campus is still in the running to become host to the largest Internet retailer in the world.

“We’re optimistic,” said CPP’s Associate Vice President for Strategic Communication and Marketing, Tim Lynch.

Lynch further explained that even though Los Angeles, rather than Pomona and CPP, was named as a final location to be reviewed, our campus is still technically in the running.

Lynch said that no one is one hundred percent sure whether or not CPP has been ruled out.

In October it was announced at CPP’s Innovation Village that the Amazon PolyPlex proposal would be submitted.

The city and university have an interest in hosting H2Q is because of the company’s intentions with the community and positive lucrative.

In the statement released by Amazon, the company is looking to elevate the city in which it will plant its roots.

“It’s important to us to invest in the communities where we operate in ways that benefit our neighbors and our employees,” said Amazon.

If the online retailer was to choose Amazon Poly Plex, an estimated 50,000 jobs would be created.

Amazon released a statement saying that the effect on the surrounding area will be positively affected.

“In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and operation of HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.”

The land that could be utilized on campus for this project would most likely be the former Lanterman Developmental Center site, also known as Campus South.

So far there is no official word on where the headquarters would definitively be if Los Angeles was chosen.

Further, there is no guarantee the Amazon PolyPlex proposal will be the final choice for a Los Angeles based headquarters.

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