Amazon, based in Seattle, plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses.
Cities are in fierce competition to lure Amazon, which has revolutionized the way people shop.
Toronto was the only Canadian city to make the shortlist. Ed Clark, the man selected by Kathleen Wynne to lead Ontario’s bid to lure Amazon said the tech giant would save $1.5 billion a year in lower salaries for tech workers by locating in the Greater Toronto area.
Other Canadian cities that bid for the headquarters were Vancouver, Montreal, Windsor, Edmonton and London, Ont.
Besides Toronto, the list released Jan. 18 includes the cities of Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; Columbus, Ohio. It also listed northern Virginia and Montgomery County in Maryland as potential sites.