SEATTLE, WA — The news that most of America has been waiting for is finally here: After several months of reviewing a grand total of 238 proposals, today Amazon revealed which cities made the logistics giant’s top 20 candidates for its second North American headquarters location. According to TechCrunch, Atlanta, Georgia lands on this coveted list, along with a few other southeastern tech cities, including Raleigh, NC, Nashville, TN, and Miami, FL.
Amazon opened the nationwide search for its new facility in September 2017, and expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs–a sure economic boost to any metropolitan area. Georgia placed its bid for Amazon HQ2 in style, via Amazon GO and a bit of video.
Atlanta currently hosts Amazon’s A9.com subsidiary, Amazon Web Services at Georgia Tech IoT Research Center, and recently became the site for a 25,000 square foot regional logistics hub at Atlantic Station, codenamed Project Box. Amazon also recently opened a new fulfillment facility in Macon, Georgia, its fourth so far in the Peach State.
With such a huge presence in Georgia, is it really a debate where Amazon ought to land HQ2? Atlanta will enter the next phase of the proposal review process.
Read more about the ongoing search for Amazon’s new site here.