Amazon has officially announced the shortlist for its second headquarters. Unfortunately, Alaska didn't make it as a top 20 contender.

Seattle-based Amazon said it received 238 proposals from cities and regions hoping to be the home of the company's second headquarters. However the company had to make a tough decision to scale their decision down to 20.

"Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity," Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy said in a statement. "Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation."

Here's the list of the top 20 cities:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • New York City
  • Northern Virginia
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Washington, D.C.

Amazon kicked off its hunt for a second headquarters in September, promising to bring 50,000 new jobs and spend up to $5 billion. Proposals from cities, states and regions were due last week, and Amazon made clear that tax breaks and grants would be a big deciding factor on where it chooses to land.

The company has said the second headquarters, dubbed "HQ2," will be a full equal to its Seattle home. 

In October, three women from Alaska hoped to catch the eye of Amazon. Together Carmen Baker, her sister Elaine Baker and Meg Stapleton prepared a packet of letters -- stories of Alaska and the people who call it home -- to send to Amazon, among proposals from dozens of cities in the U.S.

“We may not have everything they want, but we have everything they need,” said Stapleton, who is spearheading the effort.

CBS News contributed to this story

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