Cincinnati eyes second Apple campus after losing bid for Amazon's HQ2

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati didn't make the cut for Amazon's second headquarters, but there's a chance it could land just a couple of hours away.

Amazon narrowed 238 bids down to 20 cities and posted a map showing them on their website Thursday morning. Contenders include Columbus, Indianapolis, and Chicago -- but not Cincinnati.

Amazon is expected to invest $5 billion in the project, which would create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs. The other finalist cities: Toronto, Denver, Nashville, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, Boston, New York City, Newark, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Washington D.C., Raleigh, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, and Miami.

Mayor John Cranley reportedly has said that Amazon was looking at two sites along the Ohio River: The Banks in downtown Cincinnati and the 13-acre Ovation development in Newport, located between the Taylor Southgate Bridge and the Licking River.

"Obviously, we're bummed out about that," Cranley said Thursday. "But we're going to apply for Apple, and you know, the best baseball players don't get on base about 60-70 percent of the time. So we gotta keep stepping up to the plate and swinging."

Apple officials announced Wednesday they are planning to build a second campus and hire 20,000 workers. The expansion was driven in part by a tax cut that will enable the iPhone maker to bring an estimated $245 billion back to its home country.

A location in northern Liberty Township also was proposed as a potential site for Amazon to come to the region, according to two Butler County leaders, Liberty Township Trustee Steve Schramm and State Rep. George Lang (R-West Chester Township).

"It is disappointing that neither Cincinnati or Liberty Township made the final cut in the selection process for the Amazon Headquarters," Lang said Thursday.  "I sincerely think Amazon did their shareholders a huge disservice by not looking more closely at Southwest Ohio and all of the amazing amenities we have to offer. Great news for the state of Ohio though, Columbus is still in the running!"

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