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Amazon says it received 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

A rendering of the Suffolk Downs site from the city of Boston’s Amazon headquarters bid.
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A rendering of the Suffolk Downs site from the City of Boston’s Amazon headquarters bid.

Amazon said Monday that it received 238 proposals from cities and regions across North America hoping to attract the company’s second headquarters.

Bids came from 54 states, provinces, districts, and territories across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including at least 10 from Massachusetts cities and towns, including Boston, Leominster, and Worcester.

Vermont was one of just seven states where no proposals were filed. The others were Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming .


In September, Amazon announced a nationwide search for a site for the project, saying it wants to build a $5 billion campus with 50,000 jobs over the next 20 years in a metro area of at least 1 million people with high-quality schools and colleges, a population of at least 1 million people, and an international airport. The prospect set off a feeding frenzy, with municipalities large and small filing proposals, which were due Thursday night.

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“The team is excited to review each of them!” Amazon posted Monday on a company Twitter feed.

New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, ordered landmarks around the city lit up in “Amazon orange” before the bids were due last week. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau penned a letter to Amazon’s chief executive, Jeff Bezos, advocating for HQ2. Newark and the State of New Jersey have offered $7 billion in potential tax credits.

Detroit’s bid organizers have said the city’s proposal offers Amazon the unique chance to set up shop in both the United States and Canada. Missouri officials proposed an innovation corridor between Kansas City and St. Louis, rather than a single location. And representatives of Tucson, Ariz., sent a 21-foot cactus to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters

The company has said little about what happens next, but people familiar with its process say they expect Amazon will boil the list down to a relative handful of cities and dig deeper as it considers specific sites — and potentially tax incentives and other subsidies.


Boston, where Mayor Martin J. Walsh promoted the region’s educated workforce and offered the Suffolk Downs horse track as a site, is generally seen as one of about eight strong contenders to win the project. Amazon says it will announce a decision sometime next year.

Material from Globe wire services was used in this report.