Austin included in Amazon’s new list of 20 HQ2 finalists

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Updated 10:47 a.m.: The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce released a statement Thursday following Amazon’s release of 20 finalist for a second headquarters.

“We are pleased that the Austin region has advanced to the second round,” said Mike Berman, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce senior vice president of communication. “We look forward to presenting the best of what our region has to offer and how we can partner with Amazon. At this point we have no further information.”

Published 9:01 a.m.: On Thursday Seattle-based online retailer Amazon released a list of the 20 finalists it is considering for a second headquarters, HQ2, which included the Texas cities of Austin and Dallas.

Listed alphabetically in a news release, Amazon said the 20 finalists are:
– 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.

According to the news release, Amazon will work with each of the candidate locations to dive deeper into their proposals in the coming months and expects to make a final decision this year.

In September the company announced it was seeking a location to make the estimated $5 billion capital investment to create 50,000 jobs across 8.1 million square feet of office space. Over 230 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico submitted proposals to the company.

According to the news release, Amazon evaluated each proposals based on criteria outlined in the original request for proposals. Amazon did not clarify if the suburbs of cities listed as finalists are currently out of the running.

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Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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