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Calgary is not among the cities shortlisted for the Amazon HQ2- a second North American headquarters

A total of 238 cities from around North America submitted proposals to the company.

The metropolitan region, including Long Island, is among 20 finalists for Amazon.com's second headquarters, the online retailer announced Thursday.

But that's not all.

Brampton's proposed site for Amazon's second headquarters, which is expected to create 50,000 high-paying jobs, was in the southern portion of the city, near the Powerade Centre.

Atlanta has been selected as one of the finalist for Amazon's second headquarters. In documents provided by Amazon, News Talk Florida had a chance to go over just what Amazon is looking for from its host city.

Cities are in fierce competition to lure Amazon, which has revolutionized the way people shop.

The bid from the New York area includes New York City, Long Island and Westchester County and was assembled by the state, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's economic development czar, Howard Zemsky, said in October.

Amazon plans to make a selection later this year.

Major U.S. centers including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. also made it onto the list announced on Thursday, and smaller cities such as Raleigh, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio. Fresno did not make the list.

The commander-in-chief has railed against the company for allegedly skipping out on taxes, while bashing Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post. Amazon made clear that tax breaks and grants would be a big factor in deciding what entry prevailed.

Officials in cities that made the short took the opportunity to further tout their cities, with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney noting "all that Philadelphia has to offer" and officials in Allegheny County, including Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto citing the region's "world-class talent pool" and other advantages.

El Paso wasn't the only Southwest metro area left out of the H2Q hunt: Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Houston also didn't make the list.

Amazon has said it will build its second headquarters in North America, but LaMantia said he thinks the political climate in the US, including the policies of President Donald Trump, will come into play.

Austin and Dallas reportedly came as finalist frontrunners for the position early on in the search, as both are very well situated to meet the criteria Amazon put forward in its initial announcement.

"Well I'm disappointed", she said.

"I'm positive we are now on the radar of Amazon and other Fortune 100 companies", Barela said in a statement about Borderplex's "underdog" proposal being rejected.

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