The 20 finalist cities are:
Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Indianapolis, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Montgomery County, MD; Nashville, TN; Newark, NJ; New York City, NY; North Virginia, VA; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh, NC; Toronto ON; and Washington D.C.
Amazon received 238 applications from the United States, Canada and Mexico when it first announced its search for a second home. In the end, it reduced their choice to 20 finalists: cities that showed the most enthusiasm for the project and those who promised major tax breaks. Those who fell in the latter category criticized groups who pointed out that the presence of Amazon could kill local businesses. It can also increase living costs and push residents into poverty further.
Seattle has actually handled a growing homeless population ̵
In addition to providing an update on Amazon's second HQ, Bezos also revealed his advice to the president when asked about Trumps repeated attacks on Amazon and The Washington Post. It's no secret that the president is not fond of Amazon – his tweets speaks clearly for himself. Washington Post as Bezos also owns, believes that Trump's attack on Amazon on Twitter coincides with the articles that were published critical to the administration. In response to the question, Bezos said that the president should say he is happy he is being investigated to show that he is safe and confident in criticism's criticism. "[I] T is very dangerous to demonize the media," he added. "It's dangerous to call the media wells, it's dangerous to say they are the enemy of the people."