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Peduto Says Pittsburgh May Be Out Of The Running For Amazon's HQ2

Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA
An Amazon pick-up location in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood.

Amazon will split its second headquarters between two cities, according toreports earlier this week by NPR, The New York Times and others.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said he isn’t feeling hopeful that the electronic commerce company will be expanding in Pittsburgh.

Amazon is reportedly in final talks with Long Island City, N.Y. and Arlington, Va. – a suburb of Washington D.C. The company said HQ2 will provide 50,000 jobs total.

While Pittsburgh was selected as one of 20 finalists, “We’ve had no conversation with Amazon since late spring,” said Peduto.

“The phone ain’t ringing. I think that kind of is an indication that anybody with an ounce of common sense would say maybe they have limited the scope to some cities, and maybe you’re not a part of it,” he said.

Activists and journalists have been urging the city and county to reveal details about the incentives offered in the bid for HQ2. A judge ruled in favor of transparency. Officials say they’re appealing that decision.