The list of finalists leans toward cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast, and away from the tech-saturated hubs of the West Coast. Many of the finalists have been considered shoo-ins from the moment Amazon announced the search, largely because of the attributes Amazon said it was seeking for its new home — including a metropolitan area with a population more than one million and the ability to attract and keep strong technical talent.
Although it received bids from regions in Mexico, Amazon narrowed its finalists to just Canadian and American cities.
The loss of this project will surely be a blow to efforts to turn the Salt Lake City/Provo/Orem area into a high-tech hub. Amazon says they plan to invest $5 billion to grow the new headquarters location.
Utah officials pitched amazon on Utah’s quality of life, strong economy and growing workforce.