Rochester bid tops local entry, report says, in Amazon competition

Published Jan 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

A new report in a business magazine lists Rochester in the top 10 of cities most likely to win over online retail giant Amazon as it searches for a location to build its second world headquarters.

No other entry from upstate, such as the regional one that included the Rome-Utica market, scored as well as Rochester. At the top of the list are Atlanta, Ga., and Austin, Texas, both with 3-1 odds.

Fortune magazine, using betting website PaddyPower, has ranked the most likely bids according to oddsmakers predictions, and Rochester landed in the top 10, with 16-1 odds that it will succeed in attracting the company. The Rochester bid is a partnership with Buffalo.

Acording to PaddyPower’s assessment, there are only seven other cities with better odds than Rochester to secure the 50,000 or so jobs that come along with it, as well as more than $5 billion in investments. Besides Atlanta and Austin, they are Boston, Washington, D.C., New York City, Portland, Ore., and Pittsburgh, Pa. Rochester tied with Chicago, Philadelphia, Pa., and Canada’s Toronto to round out the top 10 rankings. 

More than 200 cities responded with bids last fall when Amazon, based in Seattle, Wash., announced it was looking for a home for its second headquarters. Amazon has yet to indicate its top choices for a location.

CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity came up with a bid that focuses on a swath of the state that includes Rome, Utica and Syracuse, as well as Cayuga and Cortland counties, rather than a single location. The drone testing site at Griffiss International Airport is prominently mentioned as one of the region’s attractions for Amazon.

The company is working to develop drones to deliver purchases.

Central New York joined the Buffalo/Rochester, Albany/Capital Region, and New York City/Long Island/Mid-Hudson areas in making a pitch to
Amazon.