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Which 20 cities are in the running for Amazon's HQ2?

Amazon has unveiled its shortlist of cities in the running to host the ecommerce giant’s new $5bn second headquarters – dubbed 'HQ2'. Some 238 metropol...

James Henderson
|Jan 19|magazine6 min read

Amazon has unveiled its shortlist of cities in the running to host the ecommerce giant’s new $5bn second headquarters – dubbed 'HQ2'.

Some 238 metropolitan areas threw their hats in the ring for the opportunity, which will see as many as 50,000 new jobs created, which has now been whittled down.

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 said it expects to make a decision before the end of the year, adding that the Amazon HQ2 will “be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office”.

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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.

“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.”

The 20 areas that remain in the running to host Amazon’s HQ2 are:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Montgomery County, MD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Newark, NJ
  • New York City, NY
  • Northern Virginia, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Toronto, ON
  • Washington D.C.