Amazon narrowed the field to 20 cities who have made it through the first round of consideration to be the home of the new Amazon "HQ2" headquarters. The list and press release were posted on Amazon's home page this morning. The cities who made the shorter list are:
Atlanta * Austin * Boston * Chicago * Columbus * Dallas * Denver * Indianapolis * Los Angeles * Miami * Montgomery County, MD * Nashville * Newark
* New York City * Northern Virginia * Philadelphia * Pittsburgh * Raleigh * Toronto * Washington D.C.
“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy. “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.”
Amazon HQ2 will be Amazon’s second headquarters in North America. The compamy says it expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow the second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 jobs – it will be a full equal to Amazon's current campus in Seattle. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.
Amazon evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria outlined in the RFP to create the list of 20 HQ2 candidates that will continue in the selection process. In the coming months, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community. Amazon expects to make a decision in 2018.
Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office. The company plans to invest over $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.
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