The state has not dangled any specific tax breaks or other financial incentives before Amazon, but has touted existing state programs that offer tax credits and infrastructure investment to spur economic development and job growth.
A number of Bay Area cities submitted bids, but none of them were named on Amazon's list of the final 20 cities still up for consideration.
Roughly half of those municipalities are on the East Coast, which would give the Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth a foothold at both ends of the country. Davis previously said the package was a "great road map for how we would bring Amazon to Birmingham".
There are many reasons for Amazon to choose the Washington, D.C., area over others.
On Thursday morning, the City of Philadelphia was "thrilled" to learn that it had made the short list for Amazon's second headquarters.
The logo of USA online retail giant Amazon is displayed on the Brieselang logistics center, west of Berlin on November 11, 2014. Since the company first began searching for a host city in September 2017, more than 230 cities have vied for the winning spot.
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San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, Richmond and Concord had put in a joint bid to offer Amazon locations in each of those cities, while San Jose had put in a separate bid of its own.
Also among those selected: New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
New York City floated Manhattan's Far West Side and Downtown along with waterfront Brooklyn and Queens as potential development areas. The list is not confined to US states, with Toronto also considered as a major contender.
"Honored and excited to be included on @amazon's list of finalists for #AmazonHQ2", tweeted the city of Raleigh.
A number of other cities in MA bid for the so-called HQ2, along with New Hampshire, which memorably knocked "congested" Boston in its proposal. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie promised Amazon lavish incentives to come to the state, benefits it is not yet clear whether his successor, Gov. Phil Murphy, will still extend. Of the 20 cities that made the shortlist Amazon released Thursday, none are in the Upper Midwest.
So what sets Austin apart from the other 19 finalist cities?
Amazon narrowed the list of cities for second headquarters to 20: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County, MD, Nashville, Newark, NYC, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto, Washington.