The business community has been eagerly anticipating Amazon’s announcement of the location of its new headquarters, or HQ2, something the company’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who recently became the richest man in the world, has been teasing over the past year.
On Thursday, January 18th Amazon released its list of 20 city finalists. Cities and municipalities around the country have been vying to become home to Amazon’s white-collar workforce, offering tax incentives and prime real estate deals.
One of the most discussed candidate cities, Baltimore, Maryland, did not make the list. According to the Baltimore Sun, “Amazon said it was looking for cities that could provide an initial 500,000 square feet of space, preferably in an urban or suburban area, with access to major highways, airports, public transportation, and a robust technology workforce.”
Here’s the list of 20 contenders to become the host city for Amazon’s HQ2:
Toronto, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, Boston, New York City, Newark, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Washington D.C., Raleigh, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, and Miami.