Brian X. McCrone

Philadelphia Among Finalists for Amazon's 2nd Headquarters

Two New Jersey cities, Camden and New Brunswick, did not make the cut. Newark, New Jersey, is among the finalists.

Philadelphia has made it to Round Two.

The city is among 20 finalists for the location of Amazon's much sought-after second headquarters, the online retail giant announced Thursday.

"Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity," Amazon said in a statement.

Hundreds of cities and counties launched ambitious — and often expensive — campaigns to lure Amazon, touting the reasons why one of the world's largest companies should choose their locations as the place for expansion. 

Two New Jersey cities did not make the cut: Camden and New Brunswick. Newark, New Jersey, however, remains alive, as does Philly's Pennsylvania rival, Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia is spending $245,000 to attract Amazon’s new headquarters. Bus ads are also running in Seattle, the home of Amazon’s corporate headquarters. Amazon will make a decision next year on where they will place HQ2.

Philadelphia officials have wooed Amazon for months, and they've spent a hefty sum on their self-publicity campaign. The #PhillyDelivers push cost $245,000.

Mayor Jim Kenney, praising the effort in October last year, described Philadelphia as "in the Goldilocks zone" for the massive second headquarters called HQ2 by Amazon.

"Our location is central on the Northeast corridor, our talent pool is vast, and Philadelphia has all of the amenities Amazon's employees want, at a lower cost than other big cities," Kenney said.

On Tuesday, he called Philadelphia inclusion on the shortlist as "an exciting milestone for the city."

Amazon HQ2 Finalist Map cp
Amazon released a list of city finalists for its second North American headquarters on Jan. 18, 2018. | See Larger

The craze among cities and counties to draw Amazon comes with a huge expected windfall of jobs and related economic benefits. Amazon has promised 50,000 jobs and as much as $5 billion in local investment for the site and surrounding area chosen for H2Q.

At the same time that potential destinations and Amazon have poured on the optimistic outlook for the creation of a second massive headquarters, local officials in many of the competing locations have already promised huge tax breaks. In New Jersey, former Gov. Chris Christie offered $7 billion in tax breaks to Amazon if the company chose Newark. 

Boston officials have promised $75 million in new affordable housing for Amazon's future employees.

Here is the full list of the finalists, in alphabetical order:

- Atlanta, GA

- Austin, TX

- Boston, MA

- Chicago, IL

- Columbus, OH

- Dallas, TX

- Denver, CO

- Indianapolis, IN

- Los Angeles, CA

- Miami, FL

- Montgomery County, MD

- Nashville, TN

- Newark, NJ

- New York City, NY

- Northern Virginia, VA

- Philadelphia, PA

- Pittsburgh, PA

- Raleigh, NC

- Toronto, ON

- Washington D.C.

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