Newark makes short list for Amazon's 2nd headquarters

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Amazon officials made the announcement, saying that 20 locations have been paired down from the initial 238 applications.

Amazon has said it needs a second headquarters because it will soon outgrow having one headquarters in Seattle.

The company estimates Amazon HQ2 will employ up to 50,000 people in high paying positions.

The other 19 locations it will consider are all in the US and include New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Nashville.

After discussions over whether New Orleans could convince Amazon to build another headquarters in the Crescent City, the city fell short, the company announced.

The list released on Thursday also includes the cities of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Newark, N.J.; and Columbus, Ohio. Numerous remaining candidates-including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, and Dallas-have been considered front-runners since the contest kicked off late a year ago.

It also offered to partner with local universities for a new program tailored for Amazon's workforce. Some Seattle residents have said Amazon's growth put strain on the city's transportation infrastructure and has contributed to a dramatic spike in housing costs - affecting low-income residents and favoring the tech elite.

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In the meantime, Epp says, "We have to remind ourselves that this is only the beginning".

The company is headquartered in Seattle.

Amazon said 238 cities submitted proposals for the project.

There are a few other reasons Amazon may choose DC.

Amazon said it expects to announce the victor later this year.

Amazon said Thursday it carefully evaluated each of the proposals based on the criteria included in its 2017 Request for Proposals.

The company had stipulated that it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an global airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand the headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade.

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