Philadelphia Delivers! Philadelphia was named one of the 20 finalists for Amazon HQ2.

From the New York Times:

The process will now shift into a new phase, with Amazon representatives communicating more directly with finalist cities as they prepare to select a winner later this year, and perhaps with cities being even more outspoken about why they should be chosen.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon’s head of economic development. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

Amazon provided little detail about how it pick the finalists for its second headquarters, which it is calling HQ2, other than to say it based its choices on the criteria it laid out for the search earlier. Those criteria included a metropolitan area with a population of greater than one million and the ability to attract and keep strong technical talent.

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