Hamilton Co. commissioners weigh plans to attract Amazon headquarters to Cincinnati

Posted at 6:08 AM, Oct 09, 2017

CINCINNATI -- Hamilton County commissioners will meet at 11 a.m. Monday to talk about several projects facing deadlines, including a potential spot for an Amazon headquarters in the Queen City.

The company announced Sept. 7 that it is searching for a city to host the new "HQ2" facility that would employ as many as 50,000 workers and cost at least $5 billion to construct and operate.

Mayor John Cranley told CNBC Cincinnati would "do whatever it takes" to secure that coveted Amazon contract.

One possibility is building decks over Fort Washington Way (Interstate 71) to create four new acres of real estate in downtown Cincinnati, said County Commissioner Todd Portune. 

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"With the decks on Fort Washington Way, that plays prominent in this region's ability to successfully compete for the Amazon headquarters HQ2 project, which is a $38 billion dollar economic impact project if we are successful."

The city and county have until Oct. 16 to apply for a state grant to start the project.