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Is Austin viable for Amazon's second headquarters?

FILE - In this April 27, 2017 file photo, construction continues on three large, glass-covered domes as part of an expansion of the Amazon.com campus in downtown Seattle. Amazon said Thursday, Sept. 7, that it will spend more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees. It plans to stay in its sprawling Seattle headquarters and the new space will be "a full equal" of its current home, said founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Amazon is on the search for its second home. While some think Austin could be a prime locations for the e-commerce giant's headquarters, the New York Times is predicting it won't make the cut.

We talked to experts to find out why.

As Amazon continues to grow, it's looking at cities across the U.S that can help it keep up with is business operations, adding 50,000 jobs -- a $5 billion investment.

"There's certainly an opportunity for Austin or even the greater Austin area to be able to absorb that number of employees and a great employer like Amazon," said Matt Curtis with the GPS policy group.

The company announced last week it wants to be in a metro area with more than one million people, have easy access to public transportation, and be in a city with plenty of talent in the tech industry.

The New York Times looked at dozens of cities that fit these criteria.

Austin made it high on the list, but it wasn't a finalist. The problem: public transport.

"Our economy is going to struggle, unless we have better public transportation," Curtis.

In 2014, voters rejected a billion-dollar rail and roads bond.

"Those votes are going to help make this decision even harder for companies like Amazon to come here," Curtis said.

The Austin Chamber of Commerce agree Austin could improve its public transportation system, but they're hoping the e-commerce can look beyond that as they work with the city on an incentive plan.

"This is one of the most educated markets in the country. it's a magnet for millennials, it's a magnet for executives as companies are moving locations," Austin Chamber of Commerce Policy Director Drew Scherberle said. "We are putting a task force together that can help us to put the strongest bid possible to amazon for its second headquarters."

Cities will have until Oct. 19 to place bids.

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