Amazon picks 20 locations as finalists for second headquarters

The 218 cities not chosen needn't hang their heads, said Amazon.

"We continue to stand 100 per cent behind the metro Vancouver proposal - the result of an unprecedented effort in regional economic development - which fully demonstrates what Vancouver has to offer any business that chooses to make this region its home", reads the release from the Vancouver Economic Commission.

The other finalists are Dallas, Austin, Nashville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Toronto, Miami, Atlanta, Raleigh, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Newark, New York City, Boston, the northern Virginia area and Montgomery County, MD.

"Today we are announcing the communities that will proceed to the nest step in the HQ2 process".

The online retailing giant said that after sorting through 238 proposals, the potential locations still include tech-strong places such as Boston and NY.

A winning city for Amazon's new headquarters is expected to be announced this year.

A request for tax breaks or other incentives, detailed in the company's request for proposals, spurred criticism from watchdog and labor groups critical of what they see as unnecessary giveaways of public money to private corporations. "ORCRP017299-topic.html" class="local_link" >Motorola Solutions campus in Schaumburg, where Zurich North America recently built a new headquarters.

Amazon has narrowed down its list for the company's second headquarters in North America, and Baltimore didn't make the cut. Tucson, Arizona sent a giant cactus to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James gave five-star reviews to 1,000 random items on Amazon's website - tying the city's strengths into each post.

Next, Amazon will work with each of the 20 finalists on their proposals.

Amazon said it cut the list to 20 based on the criteria outlined in its September Request for Proposals.

In October, New York City handed in its proposal for its bid to get the headquarters, which will be equivalent to Amazon's Seattle headquarters. Inc. said it will make a final selection sometime this year. Before he left office Tuesday, Republican Gov. Chris Christie approved a measure to allow New Jersey to offer up to $5 billion to Amazon. "Baltimore is a great city and we will not let up in all that we're doing to realize our full potential".

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said 18 US cities were finalists.

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