Amazon has announced the top 20 candidate cities for second headquarters (HQ2) in North America.
The cities are: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; Northern Virginia, Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Washington D.C.; and Toronto, Ontario.
Toronto is the only city located outside of the U.S.
Mashable said there were surprises in the list – Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis – as the two Midwest cities were probably not on the radar of many people.
238 Original Applicants
There were 238 original applicants for the distinction of hosting the online retail giant’s second headquarters after Amazon announced back in September that it was soliciting proposals for HQ2.
(Read: Why Amazon Didn’t Pick Detroit)
HQ1 is in Seattle, Washington.
From the hundreds of proposals, Amazon came up with the top 20 candidate cities after the company conducted a review, according to a TechCrunch report.
The 20 cities will move on to the next phase which involves further review by Amazon. The company would also work with the 20 cities to get more info, TechCrunch said.
Choice to Be Revealed This Year
Amazon would reveal which of the 20 cities would be the host of HQ2 sometime during the year, TechCrunch also said.
In a post on its website, Amazon said it would spend more than $5 billion on the construction of HQ2, which would be “full equal” to the Seattle campus and generate hundreds of thousands of “high-paying jobs.”
Amazon has revealed the top 20 cities still in the running for HQ2 that include major urban centers like LA, Chicago, Miami and Washington D.C.
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