Amazon has chosen 20 metropolitan areas as possible locations for its second corporate headquarters, dubbed HQ2. The 19 U.S. cities and one Canadian city were chosen after Amazon evaluated proposals it received from 238 metropolitan areas in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
In the coming months, company officials said 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. A decision is expected later this year.
The 20 cities on the list 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; and Washington D.C.
Amazon officials said HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office. The company plans to invest more than $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 jobs.