Amazon narrows list of 'HQ2' candidates to 20

Amazon narrows list of 'HQ2' candidates to 20

But numerous state and local governments competing for the headquarters have refused to disclose the tax breaks or other financial incentives they offered.

"Amazon establishing a base close to where I live and I go to school - that would mean employment opportunities", he said.

Savage said when you see some cities "spending big gobs of money" that didn't make it, Halifax was "wise" to do what it did. She said South Florida also has 375,000 college students. And it asked cities and states to describe the tax incentives available to offset Amazon's costs for building and operating its second headquarters.

Amazon included New York City in its short list of 20 potential cities where it could locate its second headquarters. Now, the state will focus their attention - and $5 billion in incentives that Hogan's office said was proposed - on MoCo.

Among its requirements were cities with one million residents with easy access to mass transit, close proximity to an worldwide airport, a diverse population and attractive recreational opportunities. "You have more investors looking to invest in the scene, and, of course, you have workers moving to join Amazon and all the surrounding tech companies that support it".

But there are many challenges ahead.

Other cities making the list include: Atlanta; Austin, TX; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, OH; Dallas; Indianapolis; Miami; Montgomery County, MD; Nashville; Northern Virginia; Newark, NJ; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh; Toronto; and Washington, D.C. Three of the finalists are in the D.C. metro area and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos already owns the Washington Post and a home in the nation's capital. The list is not confined to US states, with Toronto also considered as a major contender.

"There have been impacts of Amazon's growth that we can't ignore and we can't say that's Amazon's fault".

"I'm not surprised by the group of cities selected", said Jon Scholes, President of the Downtown Seattle Association, who counts Amazon as a board member. "We have quality of life", he said. Certainly it's true that the state and the region will have to step up with the necessary incentives, but Amazon's arrival would be a monumental plus with long-term benefits.

Holly Sullivan, an official with Amazon Public Policy, said in a statement that information collected through HQ2 proposals could be used to identify areas for other Amazon projects.

"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 evaluated each of the proposals based on criteria outlined in the request for proposals.

Amazon said it will make a decision this year. There are no territory battles.

"I've got to believe that we're still among the top of those on the list", said Southern Methodist University business expert Mike Davis.