Amazon releases short list for headquarters 2, Twin Cities don't make cut

Amazon releases short list for headquarters 2, Twin Cities don't make cut

- Amazon narrowed the list of locations under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest concentration in the Northeast. Metropolitan Richmond and Hampton Roads, which also had pitched for the project, did not make the initial cut.

Cutting down the list from 238 locations that initially bid, the announcement was broadly in line with expectations and is the first stage in a fight over the thousands of jobs and billions in secondary investment and revenue the "HQ2" will bring.

The others that met the company's criteria were Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

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The company plans to invest more than $5 billion into the forthcoming headquarters and hire 50,000 highly paid employees in the city housing it. Amazon found it hard to engage with so many applicants and had to whittle the list to enter the next phase of evaluation. "Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough - all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity", said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy.

Amazon says it will work with the finalists to dive deeper into their proposals and request additional information.

Among the list of 20, most were along the U.S. East Coast and in the Midwest.

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