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Turns out Golden isn’t the code name for Amazon’s HQ2 search. It’s a guy in the mail room.

Amazon, in a rare public comment about its search for a second headquarters, on Friday said economic developers around the country have it wrong: The search isn’t called “Project Golden” after all.

Instead, Golden is the name of a mail room clerk at the company’s Seattle headquarters.

“The speculation about this name is wrong,” Amazon spokesman Sam Kennedy said in an email Friday. “Mr. Golden was the name of the mail clerk to whom the submissions were to be addressed. The project has always been referred to internally as HQ2.”

Public records that have surfaced around the country detailing the efforts of some of the 238 states and cities vying for the headquarters make references to “Project Golden,” The News & Observer reported Thursday.

The city of Frisco, Texas, submitted a proposal titled “Project Golden Headquarters (HQ2.)”

The Catawba County economic development director in October sent his agency’s proposal to Amazon’s Office of Economic Development in care of “site Manager Golden,” and referred to it in a cover letter as “project Golden (HQ2)”.

In September, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the headquarters search had been dubbed Project Golden. Earlier this week, the Albuquerque Journal reported on emails that detailed New Mexico’s prospects that identify it as Project Golden.

New Mexico, Frisco and Cleveland have been eliminated in the nationwide search, which has been narrowed to 20 places, including the Triangle.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO

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