Amazon has included Austin in its shortlist of 20 cities that might get the online retail giant’s 2nd HQ, the Austin American Statesman reports.  

Amazon plans to put $5 billion dollars into their 2nd Headquarters and will hire 50,000 professional workers at high salaries in whatever city they land. The goal is an “HQ2” that equals their current Seattle offices.

238 cities in the US, Canada and Mexico put their hats into the ring in 2017. Requirements that Amazon set forth included a population of more than one million people and a city that was already attracting employees in the tech sector.

Austin doesn’t plan to give Amazon any local financial incentives, but the Texas governor Greg Abbott has said that it will put forth its own incentives for any Texas city applying to be the new Amazon HQ. Dallas also made the top 20 cities.

Mayor Steve Adler told Amazon that Amazon and Austin could work together on mobility and affordability issues if the city is picked.  After Amazon announced that Austin made the shortlist, the Mayor said Austin would have to look closely at the pros and cons of having a huge project like Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters come here.

The Governor issued a statement saying he is very excited about Austin and Dallas making the cut and thinks Texas is an ideal location for the new HQ.

The other cities on the list are: Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Indianapolis; Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee; Montgomery County, Maryland; Northern Virginia; Los Angeles; Boston; New York; Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C.; Raleigh, North Carolina; Miami; and Toronto.  Amazon plans to name the chosen city later in 2018.

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