Newark believes it has a real shot to score Amazon HQ

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Los Angeles is the only west coast representative on the list of 20 cities, which is concentrated heavily in the midwest and northeastern United States.

Hartford and Stamford, which Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) and the state of CT submitted as an official bid to Amazon for their massive headquarters site. Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. are among the 20 potential locations whittled down from 238. It's still looking at Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus or Indianapolis, but no longer Cleveland.

The flood of pitches from across the country included big cities such as NY and Chicago to small regions such as Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Elsewhere in the South it's still reviewing Nashville, Raleigh, Atlanta and Miami.

Amazon told CNBC the company expects to make a final decision later this year. It also clarified in its release that this will definitely be a true second headquarters, rather than simply a sizeable satellite office, and will include $5 billion in investment from Amazon, with the potential to support as many as 50,000 "high-paying" jobs. The e-tailer says its looking for a mix of tax breaks, grants and other incentives in exchange for the investment.

Officials from Amazon say they received 238 proposals for its new headquarters.

The extra space will help the rapidly-growing company, which It had almost 542,000 employees at the end of September, a 77 percent jump from the year before.

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