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Amazon dials up Chicago, other HQ2 contenders, to explain selection process

Amazon dials up Chicago, other HQ2 contenders, to explain selection process

Amazon has begun briefing officials in Chicago and 19 other cities in the running for the company’s HQ2 second headquarters on the next phase of the process, after announcing the 20 contenders last week.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other local leaders earlier this week had a conference call with Amazon real estate executives to map out how the e-commerce giant will evaluate Chicago, according to someone familiar with the process.

Similar phone calls have been taking place in other areas still under consideration for HQ2, including Boston and Newark, N.J., according to media reports.

Chicago leaders last week touted the city’s strengths after it was announced as a...

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