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Old 09-07-2017, 06:02 PM
 
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Here are the cities that meet the criteria for Amazon’s second headquarters


Here are the cities that meet the criteria for Amazon

 
Old 09-07-2017, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Point Loma, San Diego, CA
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This is going to go somewhere with the following qualities:
-growing population
-relatively young/diverse demographics
-strong educational/tech background
-strong distribution capabilities
-lower business costs
-cheap land
This is just for corporate offices right, not a distribution center I thought.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 06:04 PM
 
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Detroit
It also has the airport, a great university nearby and another one only an hour away, close proximity to Canada's Golden Horseshoe and some infrastructure in place to hold more people/facilities, among other factors.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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The RFP from Amazon to cities include the below:
https://qz.com/1071832/amazons-hq2-w...-headquarters/
The e-commerce and logistics giant is obsessed with the transportation options. It’s evaluating prospective metro areas on eight specific criteria:

1. Site/building. Amazon is looking for existing buildings of at least 500,000 square feet and total site space of up to 8 million sq ft. It would like the site to be within 30 miles of a population center and within 45 minutes of an international airport. It prefers metro areas with more than 1 million people. Its Seattle headquarters includes 33 buildings totaling 8.1 million sq ft.

2. Capital and operating costs. Amazon is prioritizing “stable and business-friendly regulations and tax structure” in its considerations. The company is seeking out incentives from state and local governments “to offset initial capital outlay and ongoing operational costs.” At its Seattle headquarters, Amazon says it invested $3.7 billion in buildings and infrastructure from 2010 to 2017, and spent another $1.4 billion on utilities and maintenance.

3. Incentives. The company is asking applicants to outline the specific types of incentives they could offer, such as tax credits and relocation grants, as well calculations on the amount of total incentives that could be provided. “The initial and ongoing cost of doing business are critical decision drivers,” the RFP states.

4. Labor force. Hiring 50,000 skilled workers is no easy task, and Amazon wants to make sure its new headquarters is in an area with a readily available pool of talent. The company is prioritizing sites with a “strong university system.” It’s asked cities to provide a list of universities and community colleges with “relevant degrees” plus the number of students to graduate with those degrees over the past three years. Amazon also wants information on computer-science programs in the local and regional K-12 education system.

5. Logistics. Amazon is first and foremost a master of logistics, so it should come as no surprise that the company cares a lot about transportation. Amazon wants on-site access to mass transit—train, subway, or bus—and to be no more than one or two miles from major highways and connecting roads. It wants to be within 45 minutes of an international airport with daily direct flights to Seattle, New York, the San Francisco Bay area, and Washington DC. The company is also asking applicants to identify “all transit options, including bike lanes and pedestrian access” for the proposed site and to rank traffic congestion during peak commuting hours.

6. Time to operations. To begin construction as soon as possible, Amazon wants an outline of the permitting process and approximate timetable ahead of “Phase 1” of the building process—the first 500,000 to 1 million sq ft, for an investment of $300 million to $600 million.

7. Cultural community fit. Like any tech company, Amazon cares about “culture fit.” It defines this as a diverse population, strong higher-education system, and local government that is “eager and willing to work with the company.” Amazon is asking cities to “demonstrate characteristics of this” in their responses. “We encourage testimonials from other large companies,” it adds.

8. Community/quality of life. The new headquarters should be in a place where people want to live. Amazon is interested in daily living and recreational opportunities for people in each proposed metro area. It is also requesting information about housing prices and availability, general cost of living, and crime statistics.
The Logistics one would remove a lot of mid-size cities from consideration, like Austin, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, etc.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Here are the cities that meet the criteria for Amazon’s second headquarters


Here are the cities that meet the criteria for Amazon
Bear in mind that map is from an opinion piece. It isn't from an exhaustive academic analysis of the possibilities, it is something that some journalist cranked out in a couple of hours.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 06:09 PM
 
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Bear in mind that map is from an opinion piece. It isn't from an exhaustive academic analysis of the possibilities, it is something that some journalist cranked out in a couple of hours.
Of course... the article states it's an opinion piece and they used the criteria laid out in Amazon's RFP, the list of cities aren't far from the best candidates.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 06:10 PM
 
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The Logistics one would remove a lot of mid-size cities from consideration, like Austin, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, etc.
The only thing Pittsburgh lacks is direct flights to Seattle. It has good bike infrastructure and good mass transit for a city that isn't one of the big six.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 06:10 PM
 
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The Logistics one would remove a lot of mid-size cities from consideration, like Austin, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, etc.
Agreed and also cultural community, they probably don't want to be in a blue dot in a sea of red.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Of course... the article states it's an opinion piece and they used the criteria laid out in Amazon's RFP, the list of cities aren't far from the best candidates.
Provo, for one misses most of what Amazon lays out in their RFP.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Denver
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What city has that much space and on multiple transit lines?
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