Mayor Walsh: 'Boston Would've Been A Great Choice For Amazon'

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Amazon is poised to announce the new homes for its second and third headquarters later Tuesday, and they've reportedly chosen Long Island City, New York and Crystal City, Virginia--meaning Boston didn't make the cut.

That's fine, says Mayor Marty Walsh, who told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Tuesday morning that he would've loved to see Amazon in Boston.

"Boston would've been a great choice for Amazon as far as talent-wise, and the culture of our city," Walsh said. "But it looks like they chose two other cities, and that's fine, I wish those two cities well."

He noted that the city didn't lose out completely with the e-commerce giant, though.

"Amazon didn't have a presence in Boston five years ago, and right now, they have over 1,000 employees working in the city," he said. "They have another 2,000 coming, with potentially 2,000 after that. They have a pretty good footprint in the city."

So, the year-long contest that saw 238 candidate cities vying for Amazon's attention is over.

"Certainly, I wouldn't say I'm disappointed--I would love to have seen Amazon come here, but I am excited about the future of our city," Walsh said. "We have a great city."

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