Mass. Cities Snubbed By Amazon Say Bidding Was Worth It

Nov 15, 2018

Boston and Somerville aren’t the only Massachusetts cities that Amazon passed over when looking for a second headquarters. More than two dozen communities in the state submitted bids last year. Most were eliminated months ago.

Now that Amazon has made its choice, some of the local long shots are reflecting on their failed pitches.

Amazon’s decision to snub Boston has reopened some old wounds. Massachusetts has a long history of missed opportunities to attract large technology companies.

Robert Noyce got his Ph.D. at MIT but picked California to launch Intel in the 1960s.

Bill Gates was a Harvard student in the 1970s when he hatched the idea that became Microsoft. Then he dropped out and started the company in Albuquerque.

Willie O’Ree, the first black man to play in the NHL and on the Bruins, was inducted Monday into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Today, the number of minorities playing professional sports is at its highest ever — but the NHL is still 97 percent white.

To talk about the man who broke the NHL’s color barrier 60 years ago — and how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go — Kwame Damon Mason joined Morning Edition. He directed the film “Soul On Ice” which is about the history of black ice hockey players in the U.S. and Canada.

Amazon Is Expanding In Boston, Even Without HQ2

Nov 13, 2018

Boston may have lost out on Amazon’s second headquarters, but the company already has a large — and growing — local presence.

Amazon has opened three Greater Boston offices in recent years and plans to open another. It’s also acquired a couple of notable startups in the area.

In short, Boston remains part of Amazon’s expansion plans, even without HQ2.

Amazon Doesn't Deliver Its HQ2 To Boston

Nov 13, 2018

Boston and Somerville were contenders, even finalists, in the Amazon selection process to locate its second headquarters. But in the end — to the relief of some here and the sadness of others — the giant online retailer decided to split the site in two and set up new its headquarters in Northern Virginia and Queens, New York.