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The Pluses and Minuses of Every City on Amazon’s HQ2 Shortlist


And then there were 20.

Following months of competition, this morning Amazon revealed the shortlist of locations for its second headquarters. The company will now work with officials in each city to “evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership” and will announce a final decision later this year.

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The online retail giant expects to create 50,000 jobs and invest over $5 billion in the chosen city, calling it “a full equal” to its original Seattle HQ. As such, each of the locations have been wooing Amazon by promising tax incentives and submitting dramatic love letters about each area’s benefits.

But which of the 20 cities is best positioned to host Amazon’s HQ2?

We’ve assessed the pluses and minuses of what each city is offering Amazon. So listen up, Jeff Bezos—here’s what you’re working with…

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