Leander among top tier of Austin-area sites in Amazon bid, city official says

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Leander was in the top tier of applicants in the Austin-Round Rock area proposal for Amazon’s second headquarters, Leander Economic Development Director Mark Willis said this week.

The Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area was required to submit its proposal this week detailing potential sites for the Amazon headquarters. Leander was part of the proposal, according to city officials, and a site in the city’s transit-oriented development district, or TOD, made it into the top tier. The district is located around Capital Metro’s Leander train station.

“We have made the first cut to be included in the big color brochure Austin sent in,” Willis said. “We sent in a nice package with glossy color photos, aerial photos and we concentrated on the 103 usable acres […] around the train stop.”

The first tier may contain around 12 sites, Willis said. It originally had around eight sites, he said, but Leander and three other locations were added later.

Williamson County Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long said the proposal included input from Travis, Hays and Williamson counties. The Austin Chamber of Commerce said 40-50 sites were included in the final proposal.

The sites in the first tier, like Leander, met Amazon’s criteria for a second headquarters location, according to city and county officials, while sites classified as tier two met some of the criteria.

Click here to learn more about the Cedar Park and Leander Amazon proposals.

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Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. She covers business and city news in Leander and Cedar Park. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.

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