Atlanta makes it to the second round for Amazon’s HQ2

by Rincey Abraham

Amazon announced on Thursday that it has narrowed its list potential sites for its second headquarters to 20 cities, and Atlanta is on the list. The company received proposals from 238 locations that were hoping to woo the ecommerce giant and the 50,000 high-paying jobs that would come with it over the next 10 to 15 years.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, of Amazon Public Policy. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

When Amazon announced last fall that it was looking for proposals, it said its preferences included a metropolitan location with a population of more than 1 million, mass transit, proximity to an international flight hub and the potential to retain and attract technical talent.

The company plans to make a final decision this year and said it will continue discussions with all of the finalists to figure out specifically where the headquarters would be located in each city.

There were a number of locations throughout the city included in Atlanta’s official proposal. According to recent reports, CIM Group — a Los Angeles-based developer —is looking to transform the Gulch by building more than 9 million square feet of office space, 1,000 residences, 1,500 hotel rooms and 1 million square feet of retail space across 27 acres as a way to lure Amazon to the city.

The 20 cities are:

  • Atlanta
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • New York
  • Northern Virginia
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Toronto
  • Washington, D.C.