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Still No Word as Amazon Reaches One-Year Anniversary of HQ2 Quest

For those following Amazon’s HQ2 quest, it’s been strangely quiet out there.

There are very few clues suggesting whether Amazon will disclose the location of its second headquarters any time soon. Except, perhaps, the calendar.

Sept. 7 will mark exactly one year since the Seattle-based tech and retail giant made a surprise announcement that it was planning to develop a second campus in another American city.

Yet with that anniversary approaching, everyone from economic developers and government officials to observers in Seattle and bidders in the Northeast, say they’re getting ready for a final decision as if it was imminent.

And everyone wants to make one thing clear: They didn’t hear the news from Amazon.

Amazon has always carried the reputation of being a highly secretive company, and has lived up to that reputation during its search for a city to locate what it calls a “full equal” second headquarters along with nearly 50,000 employees — a process that has required nondisclosure agreements with the remaining bidders and an extraordinary
level of information control around the project that has stunned even Amazon’s own employees at the Seattle headquarters.

Those who are hungry for clues about how the negotiations have proceeded over the past few months haven’t had much to chew on.

The best public sign of the company’s priorities is still the eight-page request for proposals posted online a year ago that laid out the company’s wish list for a second home.

Of 230 applicants who threw their hat into the ring, Amazon chose 20 finalists in January, and then began the meticulous process of visiting each of those cities, promising only that it would announce a final decision sometime in 2018.

Any predictions on who they will pick?

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