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Amazon Announces Candidates For Their Second HQ – Is Your City on the Hitlist?

Amazon has just announced its list of candidates for its second HQ, and much to my dismay no fewer than three proposed locations are in the DC Metro area.

Amazon has culled the 238 proposals from across the US, Canada, and Mexico to host the company’s second headquarters in North America down to 20 candidates. You can find the complete list at the end of this post.

The DC metro area made the list 3 times (DC, Montgomery County, MD, and Northern Virginia. The only other city similarly blessed was New York City (Newark made the list).

A number of the cities on this list, including Boston,  Atlanta, and all the sites in the DC region, simply aren’t viable options due to the cities already being too crowded, expensive, or both. But some of the smaller cities like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, or Nashville would make great locations for Amazon’s new HQ. They’re all smaller cities with the required infrastructure and room to grow.

What do you think of the list? Did your hometown make it?

  • 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, ON
  • Washington D.C.

image by mitchell haindfield

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Frank January 18, 2018 um 4:29 pm

I knew Dallas, Denver, Raleigh and Washington would make it, since those are cities that easily meet the requirements.

I am suprised by seeing Columbus, I would never want to live there. The other 19 cities are nice places.

Xaver Basora January 18, 2018 um 7:59 pm

Nope it was just eliminated. No big deal frankly.

Chris Meadows January 19, 2018 um 1:21 am

I’m pulling for Indianapolis. It’s become something of an east-central tech hub over the last few years, with big companies like SalesForce, Angie’s List, Eli Lilly, Anthem, etc. making it their home. And Amazon’s already got a distribution center, plenty of warehouses, and a number of its services like Prime Now up and running here. Not to mention a decently low cost of living.

Of course, the odds are pretty good it’ll go somewhere else. But I can hope.

Nate Hoffelder January 19, 2018 um 8:21 am

they could do worse

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