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    Amazon’s 2nd headquarters? Boston has competition — lots of it

    David Ryder/Getty Images founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

    Amazon is looking to open a second headquarters that could be home to 50,000 workers.

    Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Thursday the city “would love to explore the option” of landing such a project.

    It turns out Boston is far from alone in its Amazon interest.


    Here’s a look at some other locales interested in the retail giant’s second headquarters:

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    -Matt Sheaff, of the Rhode Island’s economic development agency CommerceRI, said Thursday that Rhode Island is in a position to make a competitive application and plans to do so, according to the Associated Press. Sheaff says the state has had some recent successes in attracting other companies, such as GE Digital and Johnson and Johnson.

    -According to CNBC, a representative of the New York City mayor’s office said the city is interested and that the office “believes the city’s competitive advantages position it well.”

    -Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf said her city was “excited to explore the Amazon HQ2 project and the benefits it could bring to our community, as well as our region.”

    -Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was also interested in competing for the project.


    -According to WBIR, a Tennessee NBC affiliate, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said, “I’m confident that our socially progressive, pro-business climate, talented workforce, and overall great quality of life offers the type of environment that they are looking for in the city they’ll choose.”

    -Toronto Mayor John Tory called the prospective second headquarters, “the Olympics of bidding, for 50,000 jobs over time . . . it’s gigantic,” The Toronto Star reported.

    - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also thrown his city’s hat into the ring. A spokesman for the mayor told The Chicago Tribune in an e-mail that Emanuel “has spoken with (Amazon founder and CEO Jeff) Bezos several times about picking Chicago.”

    - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told The Baltimore Sun that her city plans to “pursue this opportunity aggressively.”

    - In The Denver Post, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is quoted saying, “This is a megaprospect, and we have already initiated conversations with our economic development partners at the state and regional level to thoroughly consider the best possible fit for Denver and the region.”


    -Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is also interested. “With an unmatched portfolio of technological talent and intriguing development parcels, Pittsburgh is uniquely positioned to submit a winning bid for Amazon’s facility,” he said, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    -In Detroit, a spokesman for Mayor Mike Duggan said his office was evaluating Amazon’s request for proposals “carefully,” according to The Detroit Free Press.

    - Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson welcomed Amazon’s announcement.

    - Jim Dinegar, CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, told radio station WTOP that the Washington DC region “would be poised to be a very strong contender.”

    - Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg called his city Amazon’s “answer,” according to The Sacramento Bee.

    Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.