Amazon is one step closer to planting a flag for its second headquarters.
The world's largest online retailer announced the final 20 selections on Thursday for its HQ2. The list was reduced from the proposals sent by 238 communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
- Austin, Texas
- Columbus, Ohio
- Los Angeles
- County Montgomery, Maryland
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Newark, New Jersey
- New York City
- Northern Virginia
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Toronto  Washington DC
Amazon, currently based in Seattle,in early September of last year and stopped accepting proposals on October 19. Amazon said that HQ2 will be the same as its Seattle headquarters – it's not a satellite location, and expects to spend more than $ 5 billion on the project. The company estimates that HQ2 will add up to 50,000 high-paying jobs in the next 15 to 17 years.
To land HQ2, the candidates made some extreme gestures. Tucson, Arizona, sent a 21-foot saguaro cactus to the technological giant. New York lit several emblematic buildings in "Orange Amazon." And the city of Stonecrest, Georgia, offered to rename a part of itself Amazon, Georgia.
In the announcement, Amazon said it will "work with each of the candidate locations to deepen their proposals, request additional information and evaluate the viability of a future partnership that can accommodate the company's hiring plans, as well as benefit to his employees and the local community. "
Amazon hopes to make a decision sometime this year.
- Senior journalist Ben Fox Rubin contributed to this story.