Amazon released a narrowed list of candidates Thursday for its HQ2, and Maryland still has a chance.
Montgomery County — the only “county” to appear on Amazon’s list — is a Washington D.C. suburb. Baltimore was making a heavy play for the online retailer’s second major campus in the United States.
Montgomery County is among the most affluent counties in the country, and has one of the highest percentages of residents with post-graduate degrees.
It is home to incorporated cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg, but also to populated unincorporated communities like Silver Spring and Bethesda.
Montgomery County is also one of three areas around the D.C. Beltway that Amazon has identified as a candidate to house HQ2.
D.C. itself is also a candidate. Northern Virginia was identified as a candidate, as well.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos already has ties to the area, as the owner of The Washington Post.
Baltimore didn’t make the cut.
Maryland offered up multiple locations for the coveted “HQ2,” which comes with the promise of a $5 billion investment and 50,000 jobs. Prince George’s County and Howard County also pitched the Seattle-based giant. Amazon said it received 238 bids from across North America.
Gov. Larry Hogan said he would personally lobby to bring Amazon to Baltimore’s Port Covington, which he said represented the state’s best bet. In the Republican governor’s recently announced spending plan, he has set aside $10 million to try and lure the company to Maryland.
Doug Mayer says the administration will submit legislation in the next few weeks to pass a massive incentive package for the online retailer. The state's package is measured in the billions.
The county is already home to a number of business, research and higher learning institutions.
Johns Hopkins University has a campus in the county, as does the University System of Maryland, with The Universities of Shady Grove. It is also home to the National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
Many U.S. federal government agencies call the county home, as well.
Discovery Communications recently announced that it is leaving Montgomery County for New York.