Amazon Announces 20-City Short List For HQ2

Amazon has whittled down the 238 proposals it received from cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to a list of 20 finalists for the site of its second headquarters. The retailer now will seek additional information from the candidates, and expects to make a final decision in 2018.

The finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

• Atlanta, Ga.
• Austin, Texas
• Boston, Mass.
• Chicago, Ill.
• Columbus, Ohio
• Dallas, Texas
• Denver, Colo.
• Indianapolis, Ind.
• Los Angeles, Calif.
• Miami, Fla.
• Montgomery County, Md.
• Nashville, Tenn.
• Newark, N.J.
• New York, N.Y.
• Northern Virginia, Va.
• Philadelphia, Pa.
• Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Raleigh, N.C.
• Toronto, Ontario, Canada
• Washington, D.C.


Amazon plans to create a complete second headquarters, not a satellite office of its current Seattle base. The company has said that it will invest more than $5 billion and employ as many as 50,000 people directly.

In a November 2017 Retail TouchPoints interview with attorney Steven Polivy, he said that the presence of a highly educated tech-savvy workforce — or an area’s ability to attract workers of this caliber — would be a key factor in Amazon’s final decision about where to locate HQ2.

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