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Local officials offer no answers as to why Cleveland's Amazon bid fell short

After getting nothing but silence from Cleveland officials by phone, our Danielle Serino went to city hall to find answers about the city's failed Amazon bid.

Thursday, Amazon revealed the 20 remaining cities that are candidates to be the site for the company's second headquarters. Cleveland did not make the list.

So that begs the question, did the city not work hard enough for you to make this happen? And why was the city's pitch such a secret?

Answers continue to be hard to come by. Danielle Serino called Cleveland City Hall, no one was talking. She talked to Cleveland City Council, which told her they weren't even involved. We also reached out to the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Ohio's Development Services Agency.

Danielle didn't want to take no for an answer, so she ventured over to Cleveland City Hall to find out what happened. She eventually did talk with Dan Williams from Mayor Frank Jackson's office.

Watch her experience in the player below:

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Jackson issued the following statement on Amazon's decision to skip Cleveland:

“The City of Cleveland and our partners submitted a collaborative and strong proposal to attract Amazon HQ2,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “This is a highly competitive process and although we are not one of the 20 finalists, this city and this region continue to be an attraction for global business. I am confident in Cleveland’s advantages and know our economic, geographic and other assets make this a desirable place to live, work and do business.”

Jim Donovan hosted a roundtable on Cleveland's failed Amazon bid on Thursday evening's Donovan Live. Danielle Serino joined the panel along with Jay Miller from Crain's Cleveland Business and Sam Allard from Cleveland Scene. Watch the spirited discussion in the player below: