Amazon discreetly visits HQ2 cities in Phase 2 of extraordinary second headquarters competition

Amazon says the HQ2 tour is just due diligence.

Amazon is on tour.

The Seattle tech titan is visiting the 20 cities competing for its second headquarters, collecting data and touring potential sites for the project to inform the company’s final decision.

Reports of visits from Amazon officials are starting to pop up in some of the cities, like Toronto and the Washington, D.C. region.

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Three cities from the D.C. metro made it onto Amazon’s short list, fueling speculation that the region is a front runner for HQ2. The Washington Post, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns, sees visits from Amazon officials as further evidence that the Capital is in the lead.

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