YPAL submitted a petition to bolster the city’s bid. | Courtesy of YPAL

Amazon will not be bringing its HQ2 to Louisville.

The company announced the 20 finalist cities Thursday morning, and Louisville’s name was absent. Later this year, Amazon will name one of the 20 cities as the future home of its more than $5 billion secondary headquarters, which will create 50,000 high-paying jobs.

“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan, an executive with Amazon Public Policy, said in the announcement. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

For some, the news is a disappointment, while for others, the idea that medium-sized Louisville could beat out the heavy-hitting cities like the finalists on the list below was unrealistic. While the details of Louisville’s proposal to Amazon have remained a secret, Kent Oyler, CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., said at the chamber of commerce’s annual meeting Wednesday night that over a two-day period business people pooled together $100,000 in support of the city’s bid.

“Greater Louisville submitted a very competitive bid for Amazon HQ2. We will continue to swing for the fences every day,” Oyler and Louisville Forward chief Mary Ellen Wiederwohl said in a joint statement.

The mayor has not commented yet on Amazon’s announcement.

Amazon’s secondary headquarters could still locate nearby. Both Nashville and Indianapolis, cities that local leaders often compare Louisville to, made the cut.

Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said in a statement: “We are thrilled to see Indianapolis on the list of finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters. It speaks to Indiana’s growing reputation on the world stage as a great state to locate and grow a business. We look forward to working with the central Indiana region and Amazon as they continue to narrow their list of potential sites for HQ2.”

Here are the full list of finalist cities:

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Los Angeles, Cali.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Montgomery County, Md.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Newark, N.J.
  • New York City, N.Y.
  • Northern Virginia, Va.
  • Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Washington D.C.

Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]