Amazon Names Top 20 Finalist Cities in Race for New HQ

The field has narrowed from hundreds of candidates to 20 locations with a chance of landing the tech-retail giant's next phase — and the massive investment that will come with it.

1. Atlanta

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The South is still well-represented on Amazon’s list — maybe because the company wants an alternative to the Pacific Northwest’s rain and cold. Atlanta remains in the running, perhaps due to its low cost of living, deep labor pool, supply-chain capabilities and the benefits of Georgia Tech, the public research university in the state capital. But the city’s sprawl may work against it.

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