Affordable real estate, buildings within walking distance of each other, great mass transportation and a city that’s got a plan for affordable housing. Those are some of Amazon’s top priorities as it gears up to pick a city for its $5 billion second headquarters where it will build an 8-million-square-foot campus for up to 50,000 employees. Twenty metros made the list out of 238 that submitted proposals. Pitting potential sites against each other is a hallmark of Amazon’s fast-moving, hardball strategy to strike the best deal for real estate projects. The company used the tactic to elicit more than $1.24 billion in subsidies from state and local governments to help build out its U.S. fulfillment and delivery network. Amazon has said that it is looking for cities that are progressive and are forward-thinking, with good mass transportation.
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