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Amazon finishes visiting its top 20 contenders for HQ2. Heres what we know
Amazon will raise its yearly subscription price to Amazon Prime from $99 to $119 per year, according to multiple news reports. - photo by Herb Scribner
The search is almost over.

Citing sources close to the process, NBC News reported that Amazon has finished visiting all 20 cities on its short list of possible locations for its second headquarters.

Amazon is now one step further in deciding which city will host the companys second headquarters, which is reported to net $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs.

Despite submitting a proposal and bid, no Utah cities made the final list.

Regardless of which city wins the Amazon race, locations on the finalist list have already seen an increase in interest.

For example, Newark, New Jersey; Austin, Texas; and Philadelphia all saw climbs in economic development inquiries since Amazon announced those cities were on the short list, NBC reported.

Were seeing this halo effect, and were excited, said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. It has provided renewed interest in the City of Newark. Our city is changing, and this buzz has helped change the perception.

Lauren Cox, who works in Philadelphias Department of Commerce, saw something similar.

Since the HQ2 bid, we have experienced a number of companies who reference the Amazon pitch as a catalyst for their interest in Philadelphia as a location for business operations, she said, according to NBC News. One London company, which had Philadelphia on its short list last fall, already began its move to the city in January.

It remains unclear where Amazon will build its second headquarters. But Arlington, Texas, might have some additional insights into what Amazon wants from its future host.

Arlington submitted a bid to Amazon and was added to the short list. However, Amazon passed on the city, according to officials who spoke with CNNMoney.

"I think they're looking for a more advanced urban setting," Mayor Jeff Williams told CNN.

Indeed, major urban cities like New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., are all on Amazons list of potential cities.

The greater Washington, D.C., area seems to be a frontrunner for the new spot. According to Business Insider, theres plenty of evidence that Amazon will select the nations capital, including Amazons recent lobbying efforts in Washington, the fact that three contenders are in the D.C. area, and a viral news story out of Arlington, Virginia (more on that here).