Amazon's inter-city headquarters competition epitomizes our class war moment

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On Thursday, the tech conglomerate narrowed down the list of finalists for its second headquarters, which they call "HQ2" - winnowing 238 bids down to some 20 cities that could potentially host the next major Amazon campus.

Based in the northwest city of Seattle, Washington, Amazon announced in October it was looking for a second headquarters - dubbed HQ2 - which would get an investment of $5 billion and create at least 50,000 jobs.

The finalist cities are: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; New York; Northern Virginia; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, North Carolina; Toronto; and Washington D.C.

"Our innovation district has grown, the city has momentum, we're keeping young people, and we now have a relationship with Amazon that we didn't have before, so I think it's all good".

The finalists were chosen from 238 bids submitted by cities and regions across the USA, plus Canada and Mexico. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company's global options open.

Of the 20 locations still under consideration, 17 are American cities.

According to ApartmentList.com, Amazon's HQ2 would Increase rents by point 5 to point 7 percent a year.

John Barros, Boston's chief of economic development, said city officials still consider Suffolk Downs, a former race track near Logan International Airport, to be the location that best aligns with Amazon's stated preferences.

Amazon said in its announcement that it will take a deeper dive into the remaining cities' proposals and likely request more information.

Enfield Town Manager Bryan Chodkowski said Thursday that despite knowing the town faced long odds to attract Amazon, the news was nonetheless disappointing.

Amazon expects to make its final pick in 2018. Both offered billions in tax incentives.

Nine Eastern U.S. metro areas and Toronto make up half the list.

The Louisville metropolitan area did not make Amazon's cut as a possible location for the tech company's second headquarters.

Baruah said, "I, its not my number to share".

PAY UP: Boston and MA are unlikely to match the sky-high incentive offers made by other states, including $7 billion from New Jersey and $5 billion from Maryland. Amazon also made it very clear it wanted tax breaks, grants and any other incentives.

Last year, Amazon set off something of a frenzy when it revealed plans to build a second headquarters somewhere within North America.

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