Amazon's top 20 for second headquarters includes Northern Virginia

Amazon's Seattle headquarters. Crystal City was selected for half of Amazon HQ2's 50,000 jobs.

Amazon has been keeping 20 cities guessing about its plans for a $5 billion second headquarters, with sites in Northern Virginia, Washington, and Montgomery County in the mix.

A recent job listing at Amazon has added to speculation that the region might be a strong contender for HQ2: The company is looking for an economic development manager who will be located in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

The job responsibilities include “working directly with state and community economic development, workforce and labor, taxation, and other key government agency officials, as well as chambers of commerce, utilities, and other key public/private stakeholder groups.”

Announced in January, the 20 finalists are competing for as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.

The 20 metropolitan areas to move to the next phase of the process include (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.

Amazon executives have spent the past several months touring sites, including in Northern Virginia, and the company expects to make a decision in 2018.

Sites in Virginia’s pitch include space in Alexandria, Arlington and land on the Fairfax and Loudoun border. Gov. Ralph Northam told the Washington Post that the state’s proposal centered on workforce development, inclusivity and transportation, along with quality of life.

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