In the company's news release about the list of 20 communities, Sullivan is quoted as saying: "Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals".
Bodisch also points to the University of Texas system, but top universities are also in other cities. IL also offered the online retailer more than $2 billion in financial incentives.
And while Newark draws from the same talent pool as New York City, it is "far more affordable" than its neighbor or Boston, Glover said, and is positioned in the middle of the Northeast Corridor.
Governor Bruce Rauner agrees that Chicago has a very attractive case, but he pointed out what he sees as a big negative.
Charles Wood, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce's vice president for economic development, said he thinks the biggest opportunity would be to grab talented people from the technology and business sectors.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago offers "unparalleled opportunities" with its qualified workforce, higher education institutions and quality of life.
Amazon's process for determining a location created a bidding war among cities in North America. "We are prepared to compete at the next level and the next level after that".More news: House votes to start debate on short-term spending bill
Various Toronto officials have repeatedly said that the city did not offer tax incentives or other financial subsidies to the tech giant. Apple has not yet said where its new campus will be located.
Amazon says it wants to dive deeper into the proposals and that will likely include a visit to Pittsburgh to check it out.
Atlanta's spot on this list is a testament to our city's assets, including the strong working relationship between the City and the State. Hundreds of cities hoped Amazon would think outside the box, but a desire for talent and a welcoming environment led it to the usual hot spots.
Its first appearance came late past year when Google's sister company, Sidewalk Labs, was chosen by Toronto to build a futuristic waterfront community, Quayside, "from the internet up". When the unusual public contest was announced in September, it set off a public charm offensive by the applicants, with many local officials trying to entice Amazon with tax breaks and other benefits.
Texas State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, said state government will cooperate in developing an incentive package.
"The New York City metro area is the most diverse labor force that Amazon is going to be able to tap into". But numerous state and local governments competing for the headquarters have refused to disclose the tax breaks or other financial incentives they offered.
Kansas City's HQ2 proposal has not yet been made public, but it was a two-state, 15-county effort involving about 200 people.
"Cobb County has fantastic schools, and therefore would probably get a lot of amazon people moving out to the Cobb County area and all up and down the 400 corridor as well, those are popular places to live", said Turner.
Amazon provided little detail about how it pick the finalists for its second headquarters, which it is calling HQ2, other than to say it based it choices on the criteria it laid out for the search earlier.