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Old 01-18-2018, 04:53 PM
 
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Didnít Columbia send a proposal for the HQ of Amazon? I remember it being a long shot but still some hope due to the fact we have the distribution center here. It looks like theyíve narrowed the list and letís face it, the smallest city to make the cut comparable to Columbia was Raleigh.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnb...hq2-to-20.html
Don't believe Columbia even tried to submit a proposal. In years past the Chamber of Commerce has sponsored visits to cities where they felt Columbia metro could learn from these cities. Four of those cities are among the Amazon HQ2 finalists-- Austin, Columbus, Nashville, and Raleigh. Don't know how a city like Raleigh made it lacking Amazon's requirement of a mass transit system.
At least Columbia is trying to be as progressive as these metro areas. While Columbia may have a ways to go, it has made noticeable progress, especially in the central city.
A healthy dissatisfaction with things lacking here can be good if balanced by an appreciation for what Columbia has especially for a metro area of its size.
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Old 01-18-2018, 05:58 PM
 
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Don't believe Columbia even tried to submit a proposal. In years past the Chamber of Commerce has sponsored visits to cities where they felt Columbia metro could learn from these cities. Four of those cities are among the Amazon HQ2 finalists-- Austin, Columbus, Nashville, and Raleigh. Don't know how a city like Raleigh made it lacking Amazon's requirement of a mass transit system.
At least Columbia is trying to be as progressive as these metro areas. While Columbia may have a ways to go, it has made noticeable progress, especially in the central city.
A healthy dissatisfaction with things lacking here can be good if balanced by an appreciation for what Columbia has especially for a metro area of its size.
It might have something to do with Raleigh's well-educated, tech-oriented workforce, the impressive collection of institutions of higher learning in the region, and the low costs of living and doing business.
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:16 PM
 
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It might have something to do with Raleigh's well-educated, tech-oriented workforce, the impressive collection of institutions of higher learning in the region, and the low costs of living and doing business.
No, I understand that. Certainly those attributes are well known and got them in the running. But even their own newspaper opined those same assets but felt the lack of mass transit, one of the Amazon site selection criteria,would be a deal breaker. The New York Times analysts bet on Denver as the front runner. Others have noted that Bezos may prefer one of the Washington DC options for personal and political considerations.
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Old 01-19-2018, 07:24 AM
 
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So I haven't had a chance to really dive into these numbers and see what they're really saying, but Columbia is well represented on a couple of these charts:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.5a06185cf582
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Old 01-19-2018, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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So I haven't had a chance to really dive into these numbers and see what they're really saying, but Columbia is well represented on a couple of these charts:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.5a06185cf582
I'm still curious as to what attracts people to move to Columbia. Cheap housing?
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Old 01-19-2018, 07:57 AM
 
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I'm still curious as to what attracts people to move to Columbia. Cheap housing?
Why did you move to Columbia?
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Friendly people, college sports, nice bar scene, low cost of living, convenient location.

After reviewing the data, it looks like we're comparing favorably across a wide variety of demographics.

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Old 01-19-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Why did you move to Columbia?
I actually moved out to Sumter because my father is military and was stationed there. I moved to Columbia, because because I was offered a job with a stage agency
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Old 01-19-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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I actually moved out to Sumter because my father is military and was stationed there. I moved to Columbia, because because I was offered a job with a stage agency
And there you go. Jobs tend to be the driving force behind most relocations.
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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And there you go. Jobs tend to be the driving force behind most relocations.

This was Sumter - > Columbia move. I'm talking about people who come from out of state, most of the states these people come have a much stronger job market than Columbia. I consider myself lucky to have found a job in my field so close
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