SEATTLE - E-commerce giant Amazon announced Thursday that Atlanta is among 20 finalists for the new location of the company's second headquarters.
The new campus is expected to create around 50,000 new jobs. The company has promised to invest $5 billion in construction and other investments.
When Amazon announced its plans to build what it is calling 'HQ2,' it received applications from 238 cities before narrowing it down to the 20 finalists. Amazon is excepted to make a final decision sometime later in 2018.
Earlier this year, Governor Nathan Deal promised to call a special session to allow lawmakers to pass more incentives for Amazon if Metro Atlanta was chosen as one of the company's top three finalists.
We are excited to learn that Atlanta has been included on Amazon's short list,” Deal said on Thursday, “This has been a cooperative effort by the entire region, and we truly believe that Metro Atlanta has the talent, transit and logistics that provides the best location for Amazon’s second headquarters. We look forward to the next steps, and making sure our region remains at the top of the list.”
The other cities to make the shortlist released includes: Austin, Texas, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; Columbus, Ohio, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery County, Maryland.