January 22, 2018
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Amazon announces 20 finalists for second headquarters

Amazon has picked the 20 finalist cities as it narrows down its search for a second, co-equal headquarters to help accommodate the explosive growth in its hometown campus in downtown Seattle. The company received 238 proposals from cities across the continent when it announced in September that it would open a new campus that would be "fully equal" to its existing headquarters. The company will invest $5 billion and hire up to 50,000 employees over an estimated 17-year build-out at its new headquarters.

The 20 finalists are: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; Montgomery County, Md.; Nashville, Tenn.; Newark, N.J.; New York; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, N.C.; Toronto; and Washington, D.C.

No Washington state cities made the list, despite applications from Tacoma, Spokane, and a consortium of King and Snohomish County cities. The only West Coast city to make the final 20 was Los Angeles.

The Seattle Times has more on the story, noting that the company’s public wish list for its second home included proximity to a population center of more than 1 million people, a nearby international airport, access to mass transit, and a business-friendly environment and tax structure.

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said the fact that no Washington cities made Amazon's list of finalists should be a wake-up call to policymakers: "Make it easier to do business in Washington or lose out on billions in economic growth."

Amazon said it would work with cities in the coming month 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 sometime this year.

The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Puget Sound Business Journal and Tech Crunch were among those covering the story.

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