The search intensifies.
Amazon announced this morning that it has narrowed down the list of prospective host cities for its second world headquarters to 20. Though some of the finalists have raised eyebrows – including “Northern Virginia,” which is not a city – the list is, on the whole, not all that surprising.
There were 238 proposals initially submitted by cities hoping to use Amazon’s fast-paced growth and job prospects to boost their economies. Unfortunately, 218 of those cities are just shit outta luck.
Amazon’s second headquarters (known internally as “HQ2”) are expected to be a boon for the city in which they wind up. The company expects to invest more than $5 billion in construction of its second campus, and initial projections indicate the company will be adding 50,000+ high-paying jobs.
Whether Amazon anticipates that those jobs will be filled by residents of the city in which they settle is another question entirely. However, even if they aren’t, Amazon estimates that from 2010 to 2016, its main headquarters in Seattle provided an extra $38 billion for the city’s economy; according to their calculations, “every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generated an additional $1.40 for the city’s economy overall.”
Amazon was also kind enough to release a map:
Best of luck to the finalists, but remember: even if you don’t wind up hosting HQ2, you’re all still winners in my eyes.