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Amazon gives NW some love, clarifies no HQ2 here comments

FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

SEATTLE -- Will Amazon's second headquarters be at a location nearby?

A top company executive said this week that the new location won't be in the Pacific Northwest, reports GeekWire.

“Not everybody wants to live in the Northwest,” Amazon Worldwide Consumer CEO Jeff Wilke said in an interview at the GeekWire Summit on Tuesday. “It’s been terrific for me and my family, but I think we may find another location allows us to recruit a different collection of employees.”

But today, the company clarified, if not walked back, those comments. Amazon issued a statement that said:

“We will give serious consideration to every HQ2 proposal we receive from across North America, including from communities across the Pacific Northwest.”

Wilke said Tuesday that the decision to find a second headquarters is based on business reasons.

It’s about “room and talent and diversity of environment for people,” GeekWire quoted Wilke as saying. He later said: “We love Seattle … It’s been a great home for us.”

Amazon's announcement about a second headquarters has set off a a move to keep the company's new move here or at least nearby.

King and Snohomish counties are working together to keep it here,

Tacoma is making a pitch. So is Spokane.

The Port of Bremerton has thrown in.

And down south, Portland and Vancouver are making a bid.

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