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Plenty of economic promise remains for Northwest Indiana, even though Region bids to capture Amazon's second headquarters weren't successful on face value.

Indianapolis and Chicago remain as finalists in the coveted hunt for the online retail giant's corporate investment.

If either of these locations — one a major metropolitan neighbor of our Region and the other our state's capital city — succeed in landing the headquarters, Northwest Indiana surely would reap benefits of both job opportunities and investment.

So state and Region leaders should be cheering Indy and Chicago toward the finish line.

Though the Region's bids to land an Amazon headquarters in Gary, Hammond or elsewhere in Northwest Indiana were long shots, business and government leaders took notice.

During a recent visit with The Times Editorial Board, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb expressed both pride and admiration in Gary's bid, in particular.

The economically struggling Steel City earned respect, and all local bids raised our Region's profile in a national economic sense.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said his city's Amazon bid garnered attention of developers, who are considering a $200 million tech project at the old State Line Generating Plant on the lakeshore.

That company hasn't been publicly identified, but any and all economic leads finding traction in the Amazon bids are positive news for our urban core.

In the end, though unsuccessful in their initial intent, the Region Amazon bids appear to be reaping benefits of both recognition and economic potential.

We congratulate the local effort and wish Chicago and Indianapolis well.



Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Local News Editor Marc Chase, Lake County Editor Crista Zivanovic, Porter/LaPorte County Editor Doug Ross and Deputy Local Editor Erin Orr.