Colorado’s Amazon HQ2 bid will compete with a lot of North America

Amazon is expected to make its site selection decision sometime next year.

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Amazon received 238 proposals in response to its call for locations to build its new North American headquarters. (Amazon.com Inc.)

Amazon received 238 proposals in response to its call for locations to build its new North American headquarters. (Amazon.com Inc.)

Colorado’s going up against most of the United States as well as spots in Mexico and Canada in its bid for Amazon’s new headquarters, according to a map the e-commerce giant released Monday.

Altogether Amazon received 238 proposals in response to call for locations to build its new North American headquarters or HQ2, the Seattle-based company said. Colorado was one of the 54 cities, states, provinces, districts and territories that sent proposals for Amazon last week ahead of the company’s Oct. 19 deadline.

Amazon announced Sept. 7 that it’s looking for where to build its second headquarters or HQ2. The facility, Amazon said, would employ as many as 50,000 people — which would put it on par with the town of Parker — and bring more than $5 billion in construction and operations investments.

Amazon is expected to make its site selection decision sometime next year.

It’s unclear which cities Colorado included in its pitch for Amazon’s HQ2. The state has not been a leader in transparency around the deal compared to places like Boston and Chula Vista, California which published their proposals online. Other cities like Chicago have also shared their proposed sites for the headquarters.

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Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.