The proposal deadline has come and gone on Amazon's unusually public search to plant a second headquarters in one of North America's metropolitan areas. Among other factors, Amazon's stated "preference" for candidates cities with a population over 1 million should have whittled possible HQ2 locales down to a few dozen. Instead, the final tally of hopefuls topped 200.
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Amazon, as you may have heard, needs another base of operations. Rather than pick the best geographic location, Jeff Bezos dangled a substantial carrot in front of North America's metropolitan centres: $6 billion in investment, and up to 50,000 jobs.