We traveled to one of the cities that's a finalist for Amazon's HQ2 — and it's on everyone's mind

Business Insider | 3/10/2018 | Allan Smith
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Pittsburgh is a finalist for Amazon's HQ2.

Local residents can't stop talking about the company possibly picking their town as the location of its next headquarters.

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Competition to land the $5 billion project is stiff.

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburghers can't stop talking about Amazon's HQ2.

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The city is locked in a heated competition with the other 19 finalists to land Amazon's $5 billion second headquarters, which promises to bring more than 50,000 jobs to the winning city.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said recently that he has yet to hear from Amazon about a visit to the city, but added that representatives are "probably" touring the city "and will continue to be here without telling us."

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"I really don't expect that they're going to just come in for one visit," he said. "I'm assuming that when they get down through the proposals and start looking at all the different cities that they'll be in all the cities with different groups on a continual basis."

Meanwhile, the city is locked in a legal battle to keep its Amazon proposal — complete with the tax breaks it would provide the internet giant — secret. And some residents believe the company would bring more problems than benefits to the city.

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"As much as the jobs would be great, the traffic is going to be insane," Marge Eiben, 54 of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, told Business Insider ahead of a rally for Democratic candidate Conor Lamb in the special congressional election taking place in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, adding that housing costs will soar in the region if Amazon picks Pittsburgh.

"A lot of things are going to change for Pittsburgh and while there's...
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