Amazon Announced Choices for Possible Second Headquarters
The online seller Amazon has announced a list of 20 possible places where the company might build a second headquarters.
Included on the list is the city of Toronto in the Canadian Province of Ontario.
Amazon expects the new headquarters, which Amazon calls "HQ2," to employ 50,000 people. Amazon estimated that, over the next 10 to 15 years, "HQ2" will generate jobs that average over $100,000 in yearly pay.
Thursday's announcement comes four months after the company first started accepting bids. The list, which was cut down from a total of 238 areas, includes major cities such as Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C. Smaller cities such as Raleigh, North Carolina and Columbus, Ohio were also included.
In the Northeast, Boston; Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia and Pittsburg were selected as possible choices. Montgomery County, Maryland and Northern Virginia; and the southern cities of Atlanta; Austin and Dallas, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; and Miami are up for consideration.
Toronto was the only place chosen outside of the U.S. Los Angeles was the only city on the West Coast and Indianapolis was the only city in the Midwest.
Amazon's main headquarters is in Seattle, Washington.
Amazon's announcement marks the beginning of a competition between the bidders.
"HQ2" is expected to bring in billions of dollars in both revenue and secondary investment.
Amazon's plan for expansion shows the influence technology companies have on the economy.
On Wednesday, technology company Apple announced plans to create thousands of jobs and build a new campus.
Some of the competing bidders have publically announced their plans to provide Amazon with billions of dollars in reduced taxes if they are chosen.
Jason Lary, the mayor of Stonecrest, Georgia, near Atlanta, has proposed using 140 hectares of land in his town to create a new city he called Amazon. Lary said Amazon's chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos, can be the city's mayor for life.
New Jersey has offered Amazon $7 billion in tax reductions if Newark is chosen as the future site for "HQ2."
Amazon officials say they expect to make a decision sometime this year. The company plans to hold discussions with all 20 bidders about the project.
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1.tax reductions 减税
Small investors, too, will benefit from these tax reductions.
2.up for consideration 纳入考虑
She's up for consideration for a managerial post.
3.yearly pay 年薪；年收入
These teachers will receive an increase of five percent in their yearly pay.
4.bring in 引进
The firm decided to bring in a new management team.
5.The list, which was cut down from a total of 238 areas, includes major cities such as Chicago.
cut down 削减
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Car owners were asked to cut down travel.
6.The list, which was cut down from a total of 238 areas, includes major cities such as Chicago.
a total of 总数为
Out of a total of 2,602 pupils only 922 passed the test.
The companies have a total of 1,776 employees.
亚马逊预计，新总部“HQ2”将雇佣5万名员工 。亚马逊估计，未来10年到15年内，“HQ2”将创造出平均年薪超过10万美元的工作岗位 。
周四，候选城市名单被公布，而4个月前该公司开始接受投标 。从238个地区中筛选出来的候选城市有芝加哥、纽约和华盛顿特区等大城市，还包括北卡罗来纳州的罗利、俄亥俄州的哥伦布等较小城市 。
东北部的波士顿，新泽西州的纽瓦克及费城和匹兹堡均跻身备选名单 。马里兰州蒙哥马利县，北弗吉尼亚州以及南部城市亚特兰大，得克萨斯州的奥斯汀和达拉斯，田纳西州的纳什维尔以及迈阿密也在备选名单之中 。
多伦多是唯一入选的美国之外的城市 。而洛杉矶是西海岸唯一入选的城市，印第安纳波利斯是中西部唯一入选的城市 。
邻近亚特兰大市的乔治亚州斯通克雷斯特市的市长贾森·拉里（Jason Lary）承诺，将利用该市140公顷土地建立一个名为“亚马逊之城”的新城市 。拉里表示，亚马逊首席执行官杰夫·贝佐斯（Jeff Bezos）可终生担任该市市长 。
亚马逊官员表示，他们希望在今年内作出决定 。该公司计划与候选的20个竞标城市就该项目进行商讨 。