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Old 09-07-2017, 12:48 PM
 
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https://www.geekwire.com/2017/six-ci...-headquarters/

This article provides some strong points on why Austin would be a good fit for Amazon's second Headquarters. Especially with them acquiring Whole foods it might be even more compelling to make Austin as its second HQ. Given the abundance of tech talent and comparatively cheaper real estate when compared to other big "Hi-Tech" cities, Austin might have a bright chance for landing this (albeit the traffic concerns).

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Old 09-07-2017, 01:06 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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Anything is possible. Toronto is certainly an intriguing possibility. One can make a good case for Austin landing it but we will be fine without Amazon HQ2 as well.
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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So many more people. While it would be nice do we think Austin can handle that many more people? And they're all going to have high salaries which will just continue this bubble we're in.
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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So many more people. While it would be nice do we think Austin can handle that many more people? And they're all going to have high salaries which will just continue this bubble we're in.
That is awesome as I approach retirement and 'sell out'
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:58 PM
 
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So many more people. While it would be nice do we think Austin can handle that many more people?
We're going to get that many more people regardless.

It's (maybe) 50k employees in the next 20 years. The Austin metro grows almost that much in a single year.
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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TX doesn't seem to be quite as big on the incentives bandwagon these days - not that they've suddenly found principles and aren't bribing companies to set up shop (e.g. Apple) but they seem to be doing it less. But if they'd make an exception for anybody, it'd probably be Amazon, particularly with significant Amazon facilities already in Dallas.

I'm not sure where they'd put it. It's not like there's a ton of corporate campus space lying around unused. I guess you could gentrify the poop out of Cameron Road but maybe others on C-D will know better than I do where in Austin would even be a candidate. Southeast out by the airport?

I'd bet that Austin will make the top 10 but get passed over. Outside chance of being selected depending on what other states are willing to give away. We certainly do check a lot of their boxes and I agree with Novacek (gasp) that growth and infrastructure probably aren't big factors.
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:31 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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Most likely they would want a downtown space, gives them proximity to Whole Foods HQ too. The whole "corporate campus" with low rise buildings out in the burbs is pretty dead. But if that is what they wanted, they could find it in Austin.
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The whole "corporate campus" with low rise buildings out in the burbs is pretty dead.
I don't know, I was at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters last year and it didn't look too dead. They have about 56 acres there for 17,000 people.

Amazon's Seattle HQ has 33 buildings.

I don't see how you could fit that in downtown Austin.
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Was at Qualcomm's campus a while back (in San Diego), and it was pretty impressive.
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:12 PM
 
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I think Austin actually has the best chance of any Texas city, but is still a longshot overall. The logistics of an urban Amazon campus in Austin would be insane, and I don't think they'd go for a suburban campus there.

But the Whole Foods thing and the fact Austin is an obvious cultural fit for Amazon would definitely give it a leg up on some imo. Austin's actually one of the more interesting possibilities.

Still though, I think this goes to DC area or Boston.
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