Columbus Makes First Cut For Amazon Headquarters

Amazon is on the hunt for a new city to call home and Columbus will stay in the running.

238 metropolitan areas across North America applied to host Amazon’s second headquarters and now it has been narrowed down to 20, including Columbus.

“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon Public Policy.

“Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”


The company is planning to invest over $5 billion into this second headquarters and will accommodate as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. The construction of Amazon HQ2 will also bring additional economic booms to the surrounding community, including tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment.

The other 19 cities chosen to move forward in the process are: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County (Maryland), Nashville, Newark (New Jersey), New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto, and Washington D.C.

Over the next few months, Amazon will be working with the candidate locations on proposals, gaining additional information, and evaluating other issues that could come up in a future partnership.

Amazon expects to make a decision in 2018. To learn more about Amazon’s current headquarters in Seattle, or HQ2, please click here.