We have always said that we would put our region and its people up against any other in the world, and Amazon’s decision to bring HQ2 to Arlington is the latest testament to the strength of our region. Amazon recognizes what we knew going into our bid – that the DC region has the people, the ideas, and the ingenuity to keep their company moving forward.
We are grateful for all who were part of the District’s bid, and we are grateful for the Washingtonians across all eight wards who remind us every day why Washington, DC is the greatest city in the world. Together, let’s keep building on our status as the capital of inclusive innovation.
Washington, DC has the highest proportion of college graduates of any metro area, is home to 20 colleges and universities, and has the highest-educated adult population in the country. DC can offer Amazon a deep labor pool, strong university programs, and a vibrant technology and STEM sector.
Washington, DC is a city that welcomes all, cherishing the contributions of its diverse residents and global community. This is why DC is the third most livable city in the country, recognized as a cultural epicenter and historic center of black culture.
Washington, DC features the infrastructure of a major, cosmopolitan, interconnected urban city. As one of the most connected cities in the globe, DC is a leader in resilience, smart cities, and data infrastructure. Amazon and DC could work in partnership to advance these initiatives to make them even more impactful.
Washington, DC has a stable and diverse economy and a local government that has embraced innovation. DC confronts its growth forecast as a national leader in housing investments, focused on ensuring an inclusive housing policy with options for all residents.
DC has the durability, longevity, and economic stability of a city that will be the capital of the free world for centuries to come. It has the focus to be a sustainability and resilience leader globally, ensuring that it can weather what the future holds.
DC is a cosmopolitan urban capital city that attracts and retains top talent: Michelin-star rated restaurants built by local chefs; accessible national museums and thriving musical and theatrical communities; an array of National Parks and waterfronts; and top-rated public transportation and free city-wide wifi are among the incredible amenities Washington, DC offers to its visitor and residents alike.
A local, federal, and global city, DC is a gateway to international influence, a nucleus of educational ambition, a refuge of art, music, and makers, and a home to those passionate about fearlessly impacting the world through tech and innovation.