Chicago was named one of 20 cities on Amazon’s short list for its second headquarters, known as HQ2. Some bidders put their offers, videos and all, online. Others kept their bids close to their vest but some details have leaked out over time.

Atlanta

Officials have called Georgia’s bid for HQ2 the most aggressive the state has ever offered, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Others have compared the bid process with vying for the Olympics.

Where: Officials have not disclosed potential locations.

Promised incentives: More than $1 billion, including tax breaks, grants and transportation improvements, the Journal-Constitution reported.

Austin

Austin is often considered the tech hub of the Southwest, and is already the home of Whole Foods Market, which Amazon bought last year.

Where: Officials have not released potential locations.

Promised incentives: No local financial incentives were included in the city’s October bid, the Austin American-Statesman reported. It is expected most financial incentives would come from the state.

Boston

Amazon already has more than 1,000 employees in Boston and neighboring Cambridge, Mass., according to The Boston Globe. The area is also home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The city’s pitch to Amazon says there are 75 institutions of higher learning in the area with 300,000 students enrolled.

Where: Suffolk Downs, a 161-acre former horse-racing facility located about 10 minutes from downtown Boston.

Promised incentives: The proposal includes $13.1 million over 10 years in grants to train tech talent, $75 million over 10 years for affordable housing creation and housing price stability in the neighborhood around Suffolk Downs, $4 million in small business loans and real estate property tax relief for up to 20 years.

Chicago

Chicago added a little “Star Trek” flare to its bid in an attempt to play on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ love for the franchise. William Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” TV series and movies, narrates the pitch video.

Where: Officials proposed 10 sites, eight in the city and two in the suburbs.

Promised incentives: Illinois, Chicago and Cook County teamed up to offer more than $2 billion in incentives.

Columbus, Ohio:

The state capital is home to Ohio State University, which enrolls about 60,000 students at its main campus. Students from Central Ohio’s dozens of other colleges and universities could also feed Amazon’s employee needs.

Where: The Columbus Dispatch reported the bid didn’t specifically outline potential sites, but it did mention a few neighborhoods, including those near Ohio State.

Promised incentives: The proposal includes a 15-year, 100 percent property tax abatement that could result in about $456,750 of savings for every $1 million Amazon invests in each property, the Dispatch reported. The package also includes the establishment of a fund to reimburse Amazon for the cost of buying land and demolishing buildings, Columbus Business First reported.

Dallas

A video released with the North Texas bid touts the region’s margaritas, tacos and affordable cost of living.

Where: More than two dozen cities in the North Texas area, including skyscrapers in downtown Dallas and acreage on Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport property, Dallas Business Journal reported.

Promised incentives: Officials have not disclosed incentives, but the Business Journal reported the bid included incentives from the state and from the cities or counties where potential sites are located.

Denver

The Denver Post reported that Colorado’s bid for HQ2 was more subdued than most, focusing on talent over incentives. It also talked up the Rocky Mountains and the state’s natural amenities.

Where: The state offered up at least eight area sites.

Promised incentives: A job-growth tax credit, which has no cap, according to the Post, which reported the state incentives could exceed $100 million.

Indianapolis

Indianapolis is one of the few Midwestern cities on the list. Officials say it has been gaining attention from tech companies because of its affordability and business-friendly environment, the Indianapolis Star reported. Indiana is also home to institutions like Purdue University.

Where: Officials have not released potential locations.

Promised incentives: Officials have not disclosed incentives.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles was the only West Coast locale to make the cut. Cities throughout Los Angeles County teamed up for the bid, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Where: Nine sites were proposed, some inside the city.

Promised incentives: Officials have not released specifics, but the Times reported last year that subsidies available under current law include up to $100 million in workforce training funds and up to $200 million as part of a California tax credit program.

Miami

Miami’s bid was submitted by three counties, The Miami Herald reported. Bezos graduated from a high school in Miami.

Where: Officials have not released potential locations.

Promised incentives: Officials have not disclosed incentives. fficials have not released potential locations or incentives.

Montgomery County, Maryland

The D.C. suburb is one of the most affluent counties in the country, according to The Baltimore Sun, and has one of the highest percentages of residents with postgraduate degrees.

Where: Officials have not released potential locations.

Promised incentives: Officials have not disclosed incentives.

Nashville

Nashville saw itself as an underdog in the HQ2 bid, the Tennessean reported.

Where: Officials have not released potential locations.

Potential incentives: Officials have not disclosed incentives.

Newark, N.J.

Located about a half-hour drive from New York City and roughly 90 miles from Philadelphia, Newark is already home to several Amazon distribution centers that employ 5,500 and are hiring more workers, The New York Times reported.

Where: Newark offered space in existing office buildings downtown for the first phase of HQ2, according to the Times. The second and third phases could be built on vacant land or Amazon could pick from three planned projects.

Promised incentives: $7 billion in tax breaks.

New York City

Politicians and local representatives wrote a letter to Bezos boasting that New York City has more than 9,000 startups, 105 higher-learning institutions and more Fortune 500 companies than any other city in America.

Where: The city pitched four business districts to Amazon, including Midtown West, Long Island City in Queens, Brooklyn Tech Triangle and Lower Manhattan, according to the New York Business Journal.

Promised incentives: Officials have not disclosed incentives.

Northern Virginia

In Northern Virginia, the Washington, D.C., suburbs bleed into more rural areas. Officials from the northern counties in the state joined forces to make their bid.

Where: Officials from Loudoun and Fairfax counties pitched a 26-acre site that straddled the counties, according to the Washington Business Journal. Alexandria pitched a building that’s getting a major makeover.

Promised incentives: Officials have not disclosed incentives.

Philadelphia

Philly’s economic development agency spent $160,000 on the city’s bid, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Where: Three potential spots include Schuylkill Yards, uCity Square in University City and the Navy Yard.

Promised incentives: Officials have not disclosed incentives. However, at least one official said Pennsylvania planned to offer more than $1 billion in tax incentives, the Inquirer reported.

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s bid was 2 inches thick, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The talent pools at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University, among others, were central to the bid.

Where: Officials have not released potential locations.

Promised incentives: Officials have not disclosed incentives.

Raleigh, N.C.

The region surrounding Raleigh is home to research universities including North Carolina State University, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Where: Officials submitted seven possible locations, the Associated Press reported.

Promised incentives: Officials have not disclosed incentives.

Toronto

The only Canadian locale on the list, the Toronto region included charts in its bid that boasted of its diversity, safety, affordability and economic drive. “There’s no better place to do business than Canada,” said a letter included in the bid.

Where: 10 potential sites, including in downtown Toronto and nearby downtown Mississauga.

Promised incentives: The bid did not include exact dollar figures, but proposed incentives from the Canadian and Ontario governments include a job grant and money from funds that support major investments in Ontario and innovation in Canada.

Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital offered Amazon an incentives package that if accepted, would break records, the Washington Business Journal reported. The city played up its tax incentive program for high-technology job creation. Experts have said Amazon could view D.C. favorably because it would put the tech company closer to lawmakers. Also, Bezos owns The Washington Post.

Where: Four sites, according to the Business Journal.

Promised incentives: The package includes reimbursements of up to $7,500 for every worker who moves to D.C., wage reimbursements of up to $30,000 per new job filled with local veterans and a five-year freeze on property taxes on every building in the city at least half occupied by Amazon, according to the Business Journal.

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