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Amazon received more than 200 proposals from places that want to host its new headquarters

The unorthodox search process seems to have worked.

Workers surround the signature glass spheres under construction at the Amazon corporate headquarters in Seattle. 
Workers surround the signature glass spheres under construction at the Amazon corporate headquarters in Seattle. 
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Amazon’s unorthodox approach to finding a second North America headquarters seems to be working.

The company announced on Monday that it had received 238 different proposals from cities and regions that want Amazon to locate their office complex in their municipalities.

Amazon announced in early September that it was seeking requests for proposals from local governments that could offer the educated workforce, transportation system and tax incentives to get Amazon — and eventually 50,000 employees — to take up residence in their city.

Amazon headquarters map of proposals

Some cities, like Boston, have published the entirety of their proposal. Others, like Stonecrest, Ga., have used the opportunity to earn 15 minutes of fame by offering to rename their city “Amazon” if they win. Even federal lawmakers that are responsible for regulating Amazon — and some who have been critical of the company — have been part of the pitches.

Note that no municipalities in Arkansas made a bid, according to the map above. That shows the power of Amazon’s biggest retail rival, Walmart, which is headquartered in the state.

Amazon is expected to make a decision in 2018. Here are some of the top contenders.


This article originally appeared on Recode.net.