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New York City 16 3.10%
Greater Boston 32 6.20%
Philly 38 7.36%
DC/N. Virginia 50 9.69%
Raleigh/NC Research Triangle 32 6.20%
Austin 48 9.30%
San Francisco/Bay Area/Silicon Valley 13 2.52%
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Chicago 99 19.19%
Atlanta 109 21.12%
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Old 10-02-2017, 09:10 PM
 
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They might be going to go with Canada I think.
I doubt it seriously.

 
Old 10-02-2017, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I posted previously the fact that Georgia and Texas are red states likely wonít affect their chances much. But, Alabama? After what Alabama chose for a Senate candidate last week. No way, Bezos makes major ties to that state with itís current political climate.

If the South is selected, itís likely a three horse race between Atlanta, Austin and Dallas.
This is "almost" exactly right! Austin and Dallas. But I am tiring of repeating this over and over. Texas perhaps had this from the beginning, but I will say it is theirs to lose, so all the others still have some (not much) hope.
 
Old 10-02-2017, 10:30 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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This is "almost" exactly right! Austin and Dallas. But I am tiring of repeating this over and over. Texas perhaps had this from the beginning, but I will say it is theirs to lose, so all the others still have some (not much) hope.
What about Georgia do you think puts Atlanta out of contention? Overall, Atlanta looks to me like a better fit for the RFP than any Texas city.
 
Old 10-02-2017, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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What about Georgia do you think puts Atlanta out of contention? Overall, Atlanta looks to me like a better fit for the RFP than any Texas city.
Atlanta is impressive, there is no doubt. I just don't think it is in the bulls-eye of what Amazon is looking for. (Believe me, there is more to this than what Amazon has put out there). I wish I could expand on this...

That said, Atlanta is a terrific business center. Great airport connections, generally good weather, a skilled workforce, fantastic suburban locations both in and outside the city, and generally one of the premier cities in the country. But don't think it is a perfect fit for Amazon. I could be wrong, but I think I have this pretty nailed down.
 
Old 10-02-2017, 11:40 PM
 
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When you factor n COL and the fact that the city has suburban and urban transit, almost 10 million metro area, draws graduates from the entire Midwest, has a huge international airport, and is hungry for this, this has Chicago written all over it. Add that it has the former post office ready made and other sites downtown ready to be developed close to that transportation, and you are in the top tier. Global city, Central time zone one hour less than Eastern for Seattle for communication, and a history of Seattle relations with Boeing and done deal if the price is right.
Many cities have those things, where Chicago falters is lack of any significant tech talent market, high property taxes, corrupt governance, and high crime - reasons why people are leaving the city.
 
Old 10-03-2017, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Atlanta is impressive, there is no doubt. I just don't think it is in the bulls-eye of what Amazon is looking for. (Believe me, there is more to this than what Amazon has put out there). I wish I could expand on this...

That said, Atlanta is a terrific business center. Great airport connections, generally good weather, a skilled workforce, fantastic suburban locations both in and outside the city, and generally one of the premier cities in the country. But don't think it is a perfect fit for Amazon. I could be wrong, but I think I have this pretty nailed down.
You obviously have insider info you can't divulge.

Can you at least drop a hint? If not, I understand.
 
Old 10-03-2017, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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You obviously have insider info you can't divulge.

Can you at least drop a hint? If not, I understand.
Again, Atlanta is a great business center. Bezos loves certain States. Hints? Well, no not at this time, but if you explore this entire thread, you might find a few. But this thread is a great opportunity for cities to step up.
 
Old 10-03-2017, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Center City
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This is "almost" exactly right! Austin and Dallas. But I am tiring of repeating this over and over. Texas perhaps had this from the beginning, but I will say it is theirs to lose, so all the others still have some (not much) hope.
Terrible weather. Sunbelt sprawl. Draconian state politics.
 
Old 10-03-2017, 06:24 AM
 
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Atlanta is impressive, there is no doubt. I just don't think it is in the bulls-eye of what Amazon is looking for. (Believe me, there is more to this than what Amazon has put out there). I wish I could expand on this...

That said, Atlanta is a terrific business center. Great airport connections, generally good weather, a skilled workforce, fantastic suburban locations both in and outside the city, and generally one of the premier cities in the country. But don't think it is a perfect fit for Amazon. I could be wrong, but I think I have this pretty nailed down.
So you don't think Atlanta is a perfect fit for Amazon but Austin and Dallas are? To me, it would seem as if Atlanta has the edge on the Texas cities, probably just for its eastern location (and you could throw HRT in there as well). Georgia's state politics are also a bit more moderate than Texas's. Now Austin in particular is probably a bigger draw for the talent pool Amazon is looking for and it's currently one of the "cool kids" on the block like Seattle. If that consists of the "more than what Amazon has put out there," then I suppose I can see where this is going...
 
Old 10-03-2017, 09:43 AM
 
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Terrible weather. Sunbelt sprawl. Draconian state politics.
That's debatable and of course very subjective. Chicago doesn't have ideal weather either, but I do still consider it a serious candidate. But I do agree that sunbelt sprawl and draconian state politics are definite drawbacks.
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