The Seattle Times reports that Amazon has received 238 proposals from cities, states, territories and provinces in North America that would like to be the location of the company’s second headquarters, in which Amazon would invest $5 billion and to which it would bring some 50,000 jobs.

The proposals came from locations as close to its existing headquarters as Seattle (which would like Amazon to remain exclusively headquartered there) and as far away as Puerto Rico, three Mexican states and seven Canadian provinces. There also were bids from virtually every major US city, and a lot of minor ones, with the vast majority of them offering tax and other economic incentives.

Amazon has said that it would like to build in a location with more than a million people, strong mass transit and ready access to a major airport. A decision is expected to be made by early 2018.

KC's View: I’m still betting on Boston or Austin, though having spent a few days in Detroit last week I have a sneaking suspicion that it could be one of the finalists.