Bids for Amazon's second headquarters are due Thursday — here are the cities in the running

Key Points
  • The deadline to place a bid for Amazon's second headquarters is Thursday.
  • More than 100 cities have expressed interest in making a run for Amazon's HQ2, based on previous reports.
  • Amazon plans to invest more than $5 billion and hire 50,000 people at its second headquarters.
Amazon H2Q: Who's in the running?

will close the bidding process for its second headquarters on Thursday.

The bidding, which was announced in early September, has set off a frenzy across the country, drawing interest from a variety of communities — from big cities such as New York and Chicago to small regions such as Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

Although we don't know exactly which cities have officially submitted their proposals so far, there are more than 100 cities and counties that have expressed interest in placing a bid, according to previous reports. There could be more, as some cities are keeping their bids secret, at least through Thursday, for competitive reasons.

Amazon has pledged to invest more than $5 billion and hire 50,000 people for its second headquarters. In return, Amazon is likely expecting billions of dollars in tax benefits and incentives.

Deadline day for Amazon HQ2 bids

Amazon said it will make the final site announcement in 2018.

Here's a list of the cities and counties that are in the running to become the next home of Amazon's second headquarters, based on previous reports:

  • Albany, New York
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Arlington County, Virginia
  • Atlanta
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore
  • Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Boston
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Buffalo - Rochester, New York
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Columbia, Maryland
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Concord, California
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Danbury, Connecticut
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Fresno, California
  • Frisco, Texas
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Houston
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Indianapolis
  • Irvine, California
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Langford, British Columbia
  • Las Vegas
  • Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
  • London, Ontario
  • Long Island, New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Loudoun County, Virginia
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Maumee, Ohio
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis - St. Paul
  • Mobile, Alabama
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • New York
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Oak Brook, Illinois
  • Oklahoma City - Tulsa
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Prince George's County, Maryland
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Sacramento, California
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose, California
  • Seattle
  • Spokane, Washington
  • St. Louis
  • Stamford, Connecticut
  • Stonecrest, Georgia
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Tampa - St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Vallejo, California
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Worcester, Massachusetts

One city not in the running? San Antonio, which withdrew publicly earlier this month, saying that it "wouldn't be highly competitive from a real estate and incentives perspective."