North America cities are battling it out to be the location of HQ2.
Amazon’s search for a second headquarters has sent city officials around North America into a frenzy. New York City just lit its iconic skyscrapers orange, the color of Amazon’s logo, to attract the online retailer. Calgary said it would fight a bear for HQ2.
That’s in addition to the billions in subsidies and incentives that cities across the country are offering in exchange for Amazon’s HQ2 and the 50,000 jobs that come with it. Even federal lawmakers who regulate Amazon want the online retailer to come to their states.
Earlier this year we took a stab at finding the top contenders for Amazon’s headquarters. But where does Amazon want to put its second headquarters?
Amazon’s policy Twitter account might provide some clues. (Or it could also just be encouraging excitement — and incentives — from cities that have entered the competition.)
Since Amazon launched the contest September 7, the Twitter handle has tweeted about or retweeted four locations in relation to its headquarters search: Dallas, Washington D.C., Colorado and, today, Massachusetts.
— Amazon Policy (@amazon_policy) September 12, 2017
Amazon Policy retweeted:
Hey Alexa – what’s the best location for @Amazon‘s second headquarters?
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) September 14, 2017
— Amazon Policy (@amazon_policy) October 5, 2017
— Amazon Policy (@amazon_policy) October 19, 2017
Does that mean Amazon is partial to those places? Not necessarily. But it does show that at least they’re on its radar.