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- The company tweeted a message Thursday morning that it had narrowed the search down from almost 240 cities down to 20.
Amazon has narrowed down the list of locations it is considering for their second headquarters – and South Florida has made the cut.
The company tweeted a message Thursday morning that it had narrowed the search from almost 240 cities down to 20. Miami was named one of those picked to move on to the next phase, joining cities that include Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York among others.
There's a four-city joint venture including Miami, Homestead, West Palm Beach and Doral in the South Florida bid. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson tweeted that he would be speaking with officials from the company to make a case for choosing South Florida.
"I was thrilled to learn this morning that our Tri-County proposal was selected as one of the 20 finalists out of 238 who proposed for Amazon’s HQ2," Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement. "I have always known that our world-class community would be an ideal location for the e-commerce giant’s second home."
Amazon has said they are planning to invest nearly $5 billion for the facility they are calling "HQ2" – which will reportedly bring in as many as 50,000 jobs for whichever city wins the bid, along with jobs associated with construction of the campus.
The company, which employs over 540,000 people worldwide, expects to make a decision sometime this year.
Amazon's founder and CEO is Jeff Bezos, who graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 1982.
"The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is actually from here, so there is rich talent here," Gimenez said. "But sometimes there isn't the work for them here so they go somewhere else. We want to maintain some of those folks here in Miami-Dade."