CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Amazon announced their finalists vying for its second headquarters and the city of Charlotte did not make the list.
In 2017, Amazon requested bids for locations to build a second headquarters in North America. The company said the deal could bring 50,000 jobs over several years with an average salary of $100,000, plus a $5 billion construction investment. Amazon says the commitment would also fuel tens of thousands of indirect jobs and billions of dollars in community investment long-term.
The Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Regional Partnership said they "aggressively" pursued the opportunity and submitted a proposal.
On Thursday, Amazon announced Raleigh as one of their finalists vying for the their second headquarters. Among Raleigh, 19 other cities made the cut including Boston, New York City, Newark, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, Atlanta, Miami, Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Denver, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus and Toronto.
In September, city officials launched the hashtag, #CLTisPrime, to help bring Amazon's second North American headquarters to the Charlotte area.
Officials with the Charlotte Chamber and Charlotte Regional Partnership released this statement:
City leaders released this statement Thursday:
Here's a map of the top locations that are competing for Amazon's HQ2.
Amazon already operates a fulfillment center near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.