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Amazon releases finalist cities for second headquarters, including LA

21 January, 2018, 01:24 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • Monroe County Mayor David Rice left and Broward County Mayor Beam Furr were among officials and business leaders who signed an agreement to collaborate on climate issues at a regional summit in December 2017

The flood of pitches from across the country included big cities such as NY and Chicago to small regions such as Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Amazon Inc. rejected several CT proposals for its second headquarters, announcing Thursday the selection of 20 jurisdictions as finalists in the online retailer's closely-watched competition.

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

When and if Amazon is ready to do business, Somers Town Supervisor Rick Morrissey says he's ready to take their call. Politicians across the USA and Canada eagerly expressed interest, and the company received proposals from 238 locations, including from smaller markets like Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Memphis, Tennessee. The company plans to invest over $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.


Chicago recruited "Star Trek" actor William Shatner to help narrate a video pitch in hopes of getting the attention of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a devoted Trekkie.

Amazon said it expects to make a final selection later this year.

Amazon said in its request for proposals in September that "certain aspects" of the project and details about the company "are confidential, proprietary and constitute trade secrets".

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