The company received 238 proposals and selected 20 finalists in January. The shortlist includes Austin, Atlanta, New York City, Dallas, Columbus, Ohio, Miami, Nashville and Northern Virginia. When asked about the search this week during an interview Bezos said the final selection will be based as much on intuition as information. Over the past few months, Amazon executives have reportedly revisited several of the locations on its shortlist, including Newark, New Jersey, New York City and Chicago.
Despite the mistery, the Washington Post which is owned by Bezos reported on Saturday that Amazon is in the advanced stages of placing its second headquarters in Northern Virginia. They said Amazon has held detailed discussions about the possibility of opening its second outpost in Crystal City, a residential and business area strategically positioned south of the nation’s capital. But it’s possible that Amazon may also be in similar talks with other cities considered finalists, the report cautioned. Amazon declined to respond or comment. In fact, Amazon compelled finalists to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA).