Amazon announced the top 20 finalists for the company's second North American headquarters, according to our affiliates WSYX and WTTE.
WSYX and WTTE on Thursday reported that the company reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to host HQ2.
These are the 20 metropolitan areas that move to the next phase of the process (in alphabetical order):
Los Angeles, California
Montgomery County, Maryland
Newark, New Jersey
New York City, New York
Northern Virginia, Virginia
Raleigh, North Carolina
“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy.
“Through this process, we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”
Amazon said they evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria outlined in the RFP to create the list of 20 HQ2 candidates that will continue in the selection process.
In the coming months, Amazon said they will work with each of the candidate locations 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.
Amazon said HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon, not a satellite office.
The company announced plans to invest over $5 billion and grow this second headquarters to accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.
A decision is expected in 2018.