Amazon Names Top 20 Finalist Cities in Race for New HQ

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The list of possible locations for tech giant Amazon’s second corporate headquarters is narrowing. Back in October, 238 North American cities sent the company detailed proposals, hoping for the 50,000 jobs and $5 billion investment the Seattle-based company estimates it will be bringing to the chosen host city.

More than 200 of those cities got the brush-off on Jan. 18, when Amazon shared the list of the 20 remaining cities. So long, St. Louis and Detroit. Too bad, Twin Cities. Bye-bye, Baltimore. Sorry, Vancouver — you were probably just too close to headquarters No. 1.

Amazon is one of the largest tech employers in the world, and though some in the Emerald City complain of traffic and housing woes due in part to the company’s growth, many cities are longing to be the chosen one.

The company has very specific requirements. It wants a metro area with more than a million residents, and good access to mass transit, an international airport and a major highway. It also is seeking qualified workers, good fiber-optic internet connections and a diverse population and recreational opportunities — much like its current Pacific Northwest home.

Here’s a look at the remaining 20 contenders.

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