Amazon announces top 20 candidate cities for HQ2 -- none in NW | KOMO

SEATTLE - Amazon announced Thursday it has chosen 20 cities as final candidates to become the site of its second headquarters in North America.

The 20 metropolitan areas were selected from among a total of 238 proposals to host its so-called "HQ2." The second headquarters will not be in the Northwest.

One of the 20 cities will be chosen as the location of a new headquarters that will be equal to Amazon's original Seattle headquarters in importance. The company plans to invest over $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 jobs.

The 20 cities are Atlanta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.

Also, Montgomery County, Md.; Nashville, Tenn.; Newark, N.J.; New York City, N.Y.; Northern Virginia, Va.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Raleigh, N.C.; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Washington D.C.

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 Amazon spokesperson Holly Sullivan.

“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 says it evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria outlined in its request for proposals to create the list of 20 HQ2 candidates that will continue in the selection process.

In the coming months, Amazon will work with each candidate location 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 final decision later this year.

Amazon currently has more than 540,000 employees worldwide and says it has already invested more than $100 billion in the United States.