Amazon has narrowed the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20 options — and Dallas is one of them.
Dallas and Austin are the only two Texas cities on the shortlist, which has a concentration along the East Coast and in the Midwest. Toronto is the one finalist outside of the United States.
Amazon, based in Seattle, plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters, which could occupy as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade, and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses. In Seattle, the company says its offices generate about $38 billion in the local economy every year.
Dallas checks a lot of boxes on Amazon’s wish list: a big city, where it’s inexpensive to build and operate, with a talented workforce. It also wants strong schools and good public transportation. The latter could hurt Dallas’ chances.