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Raleigh One of 20 Finalists for Second Amazon Headquarters

January 22, 2018

Amazon has named the Raleigh metropolitan area as one of 20 finalists for the company’s second North American headquarters. Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the United States, Canada and Mexico to host a second headquarters, after its home in Seattle. Thursday, it announced the metropolitan areas that made the cut. The announcement buoyed the spirits of economic developers and politicians in North Carolina following last week’s loss of a massive new Toyota-Mazda joint automotive manufacturing plant. North Carolina officials had hoped to put the project in Randolph County, but the state was the runner-up to Alabama. “It says a lot about who we are as a region,” Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said of Amazon’s announcement. “We’ve obviously done a lot of things to make this the kind of place a company of that size would consider putting a headquarters.”

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