Amazon Announces 20 Finalist Cities In HQ2 Search



The eventual winner stands to gain 50,000 jobs and a multi-billion dollar economic boost.

This just in: Amazon has drastically narrowed the list of possible locations for its second headquarters, HQ2, from 238 to 20 U.S. cities (and one in Canada).

Per Amazon, more than $5 billion will be invested in the construction of the second headquarters, which will employ 50,000 high-paying jobs. The company has also specified that it is particularly interested in locations with a population of at least 1 million people that has “strong local and regional talent, particularly in software development and related fields, as well a stable and business-friendly environment.”

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough—all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity. Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation,” said Holly Sullivan, an executive with Amazon Public Policy, in a statement to the Chicago Tribune.

Here are the cities still in the running:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Montgomery County, Md.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Newark, N.J.
  • New York City
  • Northern Virginia
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Toronto
  • Washington, D.C.

Per CNBC, the 20 finalists will work with Amazon over the coming months to “evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership,” with an ultimate decision anticipated later this year.

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