Amazon is still talking to Massachusetts officials as the retail behemoth searches for a place to put down its second headquarters.
Gov. Charlie Baker offered a quick comment on the company’s search for “HQ2” during a Wednesday appearance on WGBH’s “Boston Public Radio” show.
“They’re still engaged in what I would describe as a back and forth with us and others around sort of what you call loose ends,” Baker said. “I mean, it’s just a ton of detail type stuff.”
Baker made the comments as recent reports suggest the Washington, D.C. area is the favorite.
“The evidence is now piling up that Amazon is looking seriously at the nation’s capital for its HQ2,” Business Insider reported earlier this month. “After all, it may be the only place large enough to capture the company’s growing ambitions across multiple sectors with its high-profile colleges, sprawling transportation system, and high concentration of powerful people.”
Three of the 20 locations on Amazon’s current list of potential sites are in the D.C. area, including Montgomery County and Northern Virginia.
The Boston area is also on the list. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh put together a bid with neighboring Revere. The city of Somerville also made the cut.
Asked about D.C. as a potential favorite, Walsh told MassLive on Tuesday, “I think it’s all rumor at this point.”
Boston was frequently mentioned as a favorite in different publications not too long ago, Walsh added.
“I don’t think we fully know,” Walsh said. “I think it’s still a very fluid situation.”
Walsh added, “We have not spoken to Amazon in a while. I’m sure they’re trying to figure out the process, I’m sure it’s a very complicated process on their part as far as creating such a big entity in another part of the country. So we’re kind of seeing what happens.”
On “Boston Public Radio,” Baker also responded to a question about Apple, the iPhone giant searching for space for another campus.
“They have people here in Massachusetts but they have not, to the best of my knowledge, reached out to us,” Baker said. “I don’t know if they’ve reached out to people at the local level or not.”