Beltway Hosts 3 Amazon HQ2 Finalists

Beltway Hosts 3 Amazon HQ2 Finalists

After reviewing 238 proposals from across the United States, Canada and Mexico, Amazon on Thursday announced 20 locations as finalists for the company's second headquarters.

Amazon has said it expects to invest $5 billion in its second headquarters, and that it will eventually be the base for as many as 50,000 "high-paying" jobs.

Greenville and Spartanburg put in a combined bid for the headquarters - touting the area as "Charlanta" - on Interstate 85 between Atlanta and Charlotte. Cities still under consideration include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Washington, DC, and Columbus, Ohio. Last September, the tech giant invited cities across North America to explain why they were the best location for its second headquarters, following its main hub in Seattle. Some in Seattle have long blamed Amazon for gentrifying numerous city's most unique neighborhoods beyond recognition, severely raising housing costs, and causing traffic congestion with its sudden influx of workers.

"Honored and excited to be included on @amazon's list of finalists for #AmazonHQ2", tweeted the city of Raleigh. A final selection will be announced later this year.

The city's pitch also took what could be construed as a dig at U.S. President Donald Trump and his administrations anti-immigration policies.

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"We wanted them to consider Somerville based on who we are and what we are, our diversity and our knowledge-based workforce", Proakis said.

Mayor John Cranley will comment after Thursday's 2 p.m. City Council meeting at City Hall, his spokeswoman said.

The almost two dozen now double down to compete for a $5 billion capital investment and 50,000 new tech-oriented jobs. Many promised tax breaks and more to attract attention, but that's not how Colorado did it. Representatives of several cities that approached Amazon said the company's message was to submit a bid, regardless of their assessment of their own odds. Amazon will now ask the 20 remaining HQ2 cities to elaborate on their proposals, answer Amazon's questions and explain how it will be able to fulfill its hiring needs.

"From a future-proofed talent pipeline, to universal health care and benefits, to an incredibly cost-competitive business climate, the Toronto Region is the location that addresses all of Amazon's needs", the group said in a statement.

Correction: A previous version of this story said Amazon is considering 18 USA cities for its second headquarters.

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