"Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough -- all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” she said in a statement. "Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation."
The company said it expects to name its final choice for its "HQ2" sometime in 2018. From here, Amazon officials will request more information from the finalist cities and dive deeper into evaluating the feasibility of a partnership that will benefit its employees and the wider local community, according to a press release.
Of course, getting Amazon's second headquarters is a highly coveted prize for the candidate cities, a fact the company appears to enjoy pointing out. Specifically, it plans to invest more than $5 billion into the project and ultimately grow the new headquarters to house as many as 50,000 highly paid employees. Constructing the headquarters alone would involve thousands of new jobs and billions more in local spending.