by Catherine Carlock Tom O’Brien wouldn’t do anything differently. A principal at the HYM Investment Group, which owns and is developing the site Boston put forward as its prime location to host Amazon’s gargantuan second headquarters, O’Brien said Boston’s bid to host "HQ2" was as competitive as any other. “We competed really hard. We put together a great package. Mayor Walsh made sure that package was completely public,” O’Brien said after Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) selected New York City and Virginia for its expanded headquarters, with a smaller site in Nashville. “Sometimes these tenants have things on their mind that they don’t fully reveal to you — an idea of a business line, an idea of a new direction. It may be years before we know exactly why they made the decision that they did.” Some in Greater Boston’s business community are feeling a palpable sense of relief that the area won’t have to deal with the headaches associated with a relatively rapid infusion of a huge new headquarters — including a further strain on Boston’s housing stock, and the cannibalization of an existing tech workforce that’s already feeling a talent crunch. “There’s a real question about whether did we win or lose. I’m not sure that we lost. I think we might have won,” said David Begelfer, the outgoing CEO of commercial real estate industry association NAIOP Massachusetts. “They already put their chips down on the table on a million square feet. That’s not a bad consolation prize.” Begelfer was referring to Amazon’s commitment to occupy up to 1 million square feet in Boston’s Seaport District, which could employ up to 4,000 people. That’s on top of a nearby 900-person office at 253 Summer St. and a Cambridge workforce of about 1,000. Beyond the city center, Amazon Robotics is headquartered in North Reading, and the company has a number of facilities in Somerville, Dedham, Everett, Fall River, Milford, Stoughton and Braintree. “There are still opportunities for relationships down the road,” said Jay Ash, the commonwealth’s secretary of housing and economic development, last week. “It’s not a 'clean' no. It’s not the end of the relationship. We’ll continue to have a relationship with them. And in the meantime, we’ll continue to learn about ourselves and be able to better position ourselves for the next opportunity.” The 14-month process kept Boston in the site-selection spotlight, according to both Begelfer and Jim Rooney, CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “Boston has achieved top-of-mind status whenever a company is thinking about relocating their headquarters or a function,” Rooney said. “When people sit in an office all over the world and say, ‘Gee, where would we put this?’ We’re on lots of lists, and we’re going to win some and we’re going to lose some.” Indeed, Rooney argues that if Amazon had published a top-five city shortlist to host the headquarters, Boston would have made the cut. “If we had won this, it would have added to the riches from a corporate presence and economic activity perspective we already have,” Rooney said. “It would be like the Patriots winning another Super Bowl.” Boston was one of few cities that made its full bid public as soon as it was sent to Amazon, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he was proud to showcase all Boston had to offer. “While I am proud Boston was named to Amazon’s shortlist for its second North American headquarters, our future will not be defined by a single company as we continue to plan for equitable, sustainable growth,” he said in a statement. The biggest takeaway, O’Brien says, is for Greater Boston not to get complacent or stop competing for innovative companies. New York, for example, is working hard to become a destination for tech and life-sciences companies, he said. “We’re not the only destinations for these companies,” he said. Read article on BBJ site.