Austin, Dallas make shortlist for Amazon’s second headquarters

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two Texas cities made the short list for a site for Amazon’s second headquarters, according to a tweet from the company this morning. Austin and Dallas were among the 238 cities that applied to become the new home for HQ2. The company announced Thursday it narrowed the list to 20.

Amazon’s current headquarters is in Seattle, but it announced in September that it planned to expand. The company says it expects to invest more than $5 billion in the city and add 50,000 high-paying jobs. Cities submitted bids and proposals in October.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Amazon tweeted.

Amazon expects to make a decision about the location of HQ2 in 2018. Here’s a list of other cities that made the cut:

  • 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, Canada
  • Washington, D.C.

Amazon said it was looking for financial incentives in the proposals, but it also wanted the sites to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade.

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, which submitted a bid on behalf of the Austin area, said it was pleased the city advanced to the second round.

“We look forward to presenting the best of what our region has to offer and how we can partner with Amazon,” said Mike Berman, SVP Communications with the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Gov. Greg Abbott weighed in, too, saying he’s “thrilled” Amazon included both Austin and Dallas in its final 20, and emphasized that Texas has been recognized as having one of the best workforces in America, and that the “economic advantages of an Amazon expansion in Texas speak for themselves.”

“Texas is a hotbed for the tech industry, and both Austin and Dallas have proven themselves to be among the most sought after locations for companies looking to grow and thrive,” Abbot wrote. “When industry leaders like Amazon consider investing in the Lone Star State, they know that our our low-tax and limited-regulation environment will appeal to a company’s bottom line.”

Map of the 20 locations Amazon is considering for its second headquarters (Amazon Photo)

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