Chicago Makes Top 20 List for Second Amazon Headquarters

Ahead of forthcoming meetings, Epps said he feels "very confident" about Philly's chances of landing Amazon's second headquarters, touting off the city's talent pool, location, and developable locations.

Austin and Dallas have beaten out hundreds of other cities across the US and Canada-and a handful of fellow Texas locales-to be named in the twenty finalists for Amazon's new headquarters, HQ2.

"Amazon HQ2 will be a complete headquarters for Amazon - not a satellite office", Amazon said in its late summer announcement.

The other 19 locations it will consider are all in the USA and include New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Nashville.

Toronto was the only Canadian city to make Amazon's list of top 20 contenders for its next base of North American operations.

Other finalists include Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, New York, Northern Virginia, Toronto and others. Numerous remaining candidates-including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, and Dallas-have been considered front-runners since the contest kicked off late a year ago.

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Locally, the City of Rensselaer submitted a bid to be considered for Amazon's new headquarters. Officials said the new headquarters will bring an estimated 50,000 jobs.

The online retailing giant said that after sorting through 238 proposals, the potential locations still include tech-strong places such as Boston and NY. Two metro areas, NY and Washington, have more than one location that made the list, increasing competition there, he said.

The company has said it plans to make a final decision on its so-called HQ2 sometime this year, and could occupy the first portion of a new campus as soon as 2019.

However, he noted the county will now have to enter sensitive negotiations with Amazon and compete against other high quality jurisdictions to land the company.

Amazon projected that the victor of the HQ2 sweepstakes would see an influx of around 50,000 jobs, comparable to its Seattle campus. Employees there would earn an average of $100,000 per year, Amazon says.

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