Charlotte is out as Amazon releases final 20 cities for second headquarters

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- Amazon is narrowing the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest concentration in the Northeast. 

Amazon, based in Seattle, plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses.

Cities are in fierce competition to lure Amazon, which has revolutionized the way people shop.

The list released on Thursday includes:

  • Atlanta
  • 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.

Amazon has also listed northern Virginia and Montgomery County in Maryland as potential sites.

Amazon HQ2 Statement from Charlotte Regional Partnership and Charlotte Chamber: 

"We put our best foot forward in responding to Amazon’s RFP for its HQ2 location and are proud of the proposal we made. As we said from the beginning of this process, whether or not we are selected by Amazon, we will reap significant benefits from the unprecedented regional effort.

Economic development agencies and partners throughout the 16 county Charlotte USA region demonstrated an exceptional level of cooperation, collaboration and teamwork during the process.

As always, we continue to move forward on a number of recruitment projects across our region and expect growing economic success in 2018."