Here are the cities Atlanta has to beat for Amazon’s second headquarters

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20 North American cities on the shortlist for Amazon's second headquarters, according to Amazon.com Atlanta Austin, Texas Boston Chicago Columbus, Ohio Dallas Denver Indianapolis, Ind. Los Angeles, Calif. Miami, Fla. Montgomery County, Md. Nashville, Tenn. Newark, N.J. New York City Northern Virginia Philadelphia Pittsburgh Raleigh, N.C. Toronto, ON Washington, D.C.

Amazon on Thursday unveiled the top 20 finalists for its much-anticipated second headquarters.

Major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Los Angeles and Dallas made the cut, along with smaller cities such as Columbus, Ohio, and the Maryland suburb of Montgomery County.

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The second hub, Amazon HQ2, is expected to support as many as 50,000 new tech and corporate employees and come with $5 billion in investment. Hundreds of cities have been putting big offers and incentives on the table since the search was first announced in September.

The company, based in Seattle, selected the finalists from a collection of 238 applications submitted by cities in Mexico, Canada and the United States, but it’s unclear how the shortlist was finalized.

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Sources told the New York Times that about a dozen people within the company, including human resource managers, real estate executives and Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos himself, were involved in the selection process.

“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals,” Holly Sullivan, an executive with Amazon Public Policy, said in a statement. “Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity. 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.”

Here are the 20 finalists for Amazon HQ2:

ExploreAtlanta
ExploreAustin, Texas

Boston

Chicago

ExploreColumbus, Ohio

Dallas

Denver

Indianapolis

Los Angeles

ExploreMiami, Fla.

Montgomery County, Maryland

Nashville, Tennessee

Newark, New Jersey

New York City

Northern Virginia

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Raleigh, North Carolina

Toronto

Washington D.C.

More about Amazon HQ2 at smile.amazon.com.