That notion was buzzing among Greater Washington’s elected officials and economic development advocates Thursday after Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) named D.C., Montgomery County and Northern Virginia to its short list of 20 metro areas for HQ2. It appears to improve Greater Washington’s odds statistically, if not practically.
So, what happens now?
Amazon plans to spend the “coming months” working with representatives for each of the prospective locations to do a deeper dive into their proposals, with the goal of making its final decision in 2018. The company did not say whether it would cull the list once again before making that decision. The company has said the second headquarters would eventually grow to 8 million square feet and 50,000 employees.
A big question going forward is how much potential there is for one unified regional bid given that Greater Washington is the only metro area on the list of 20 contenders with three different jurisdictions.…