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New York City 16 3.10%
Greater Boston 32 6.20%
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DC/N. Virginia 50 9.69%
Raleigh/NC Research Triangle 32 6.20%
Austin 48 9.30%
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Old 10-21-2017, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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OK, now that the proposals are in...

Austin (IMO, and on good sourcing), was the original choice. The idea was to let other cities compete, and they have, no doubt. This was certainly a corporate decision, but also a marketing decision as to build the brand across the country. There is little doubt Amazon is doing this correctly from a marketing position.

So now where are we? I think Lone Star will be the newest theme with Amazon. I may be wrong, but this is where all my points of reference head. I will certainly eat crow if I am incorrect.

 
Old 10-21-2017, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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That isn't a bad point. But it doesn't take into account future growth in a Texas HQ.
 
Old 10-22-2017, 12:04 AM
 
Location: BC Canada
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It would be stupid for a city that meets absolutely none of the criteria to submit a bid, especially if it diverts resources and time away from working on economic development deals that said city actually has realistic chances of landing.
I completely agree. Some of the cities making proposals haven't a chance in hell and they know it. They seem to be nothing more than make-work projects for bureaucrats.
 
Old 10-22-2017, 12:08 AM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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"Want" is a very interesting word choice. Considering the most desirable cities in the eastern half of the country are NYC, Boston, DC, and Chicago, could one of those win based on "desire"?

And do you think they're moving people from Seattle to the new location? I was under the assumption these are completely new jobs so they'll be getting talent from around the country. Austin has some flair among young Techies round the country...it has that buzz.

I wonder if Austin was the choice, but then they raised those concerns and decided to announce the HQ2 and make it a battle royale?

Still after hearing this, you gotta put Austin has the favorite. I'm still concerned about the infrastructure of the city though...can it really handle 50k jobs from Amazon alone(this doesn't include tens of thousands of new jobs that will be created indirectly as a result of the inflow of workers and money).
I'm just assuming a significant contingent from Seattle would go to HQ2, at least temporarily, to help establish it, train, etc. I imagine Amazon will expect at least some of those workers to be permanent parties, particularly those in management, but that's just an assumption.
 
Old 10-22-2017, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I'm just assuming a significant contingent from Seattle would go to HQ2, at least temporarily, to help establish it, train, etc. I imagine Amazon will expect at least some of those workers to be permanent parties, particularly those in management, but that's just an assumption.
That is a good assumption. (note: airport connections to and from SEA, good between SEA and DFW, but also not bad between SEA and AUS). Oh, and btw, airlines tend to add flights based on demand. So American and Southwest could increase in SEA, but I digress.

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Old 10-22-2017, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Center City
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Someone with inside info is apparently claiming that Austin has pretty much already been chosen and Amazon is simply waiting for a better offer from Texas before they make it official.
I wonder how many new Austin hires will stay on for their second summer.
 
Old 10-22-2017, 07:18 AM
 
Location: The City
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I wonder how many new Austin hires will stay on for their second summer.
Or 13th college semester...
 
Old 10-22-2017, 07:38 AM
 
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Austin is just a strange choice in the fact that they could easily choose Denver which has some of the same hype as Austin, yet seems more equipped to handle growth than Austin.
 
Old 10-22-2017, 07:50 AM
 
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I wonder how many new Austin hires will stay on for their second summer.
^Exactly, amzn may be looking for a city with a temperate climate, not too cold or too hot as walkability and bike lanes are on its list. Summers in Austin start early in the year and end late, it does not cool down in the evenings and traffic is horrid.

Philadelphia seems to meet most of its wish list, but what do I know.
 
Old 10-22-2017, 09:04 AM
 
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This is just rumors but my best friend who works for Amazon said that Austin was the original choice but that certain VIPs on the "East Coast" raised concerns about whether enough people would actually want to move there. I know I wouldn't move there from Seattle.

At any rate, it seems like Amazon doesn't feel that it can fulfill the requisite talent locally in Austin.
I could see this.

It wasn't until I got on this board that I saw all these people mentioning Texas... On the east coast, or at least in DC, no one ever mentions Texas. Nothing against Texas but... yeah. Austin seems like a nice place but none of the major cities in Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston) can compete with Boston, NYC, Chicago or DC.
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