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Amazon releases finalist cities for second headquarters, Maine misses out

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NEW YORK (AP/WGME) -- Amazon is narrowing the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest concentration in the Northeast.

Sadly, Maine didn’t make the list.

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority in Brunswick and the town of Scarborough relied on New England's charm, affordable real estate and incentives.

All told, the Brunswick plan included some $200 million in incentives.

Scarborough admitted it was a long shot. Both proposals checked off most of the things on Amazon's list, except for being located in a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people.

Amazon, based in Seattle, plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses.

Cities are in fierce competition to lure Amazon, which has revolutionized the way people shop.

The list released on Thursday includes the cities of Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; Columbus, Ohio. It also listed northern Virginia and Montgomery County in Maryland as potential sites.

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