Amazon CEO says 'HQ2' decision will be announced before end of year

Amazon.com Inc chief executive Jeff Bezos said on Thursday that the company would announce a decision on where it would build a second headquarters before the end of the year.

Amazon previously announced 20 finalists in North America for its planned investment of $5 billion and 50,000 jobs. At a speech before the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday, Bezos did not offer any favorites for the project. 

RELATED: Check out the cities most eager to lure Amazon's HQ2: 

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Washington D.C.

14% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Austin, Texas: 

14% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Denver, Colorado: 

14% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

15% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 

15% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

New York City:

16% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Chicago, Illinois:

16% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Los Angeles, California:

17% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Boston, Massachusetts:

18% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city. 

Columbus, Ohio:

19% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Atlanta, Georgia: 

19% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Raleigh, North Carolina:

20% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Dallas, Texas:

21% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Miami, Florida:

21% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Nashville, Tennessee:

23% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

Indianapolis, Indiana: 

26% of respondents are willing to pay more in taxes to lure Amazon to their city.

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