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View Poll Results: Where?
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%
Baltimore 11 2.13%
Toronto 33 6.40%
Pittsburgh 35 6.78%
Chicago 99 19.19%
Atlanta 109 21.12%
Voters: 516. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-27-2017, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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There will be a new location. Whether it is as relevant as Seattle remains to be seen.
I guess only Amazon Prime customers know when to take Bezos literally but not take him seriously or take him seriously but not take him literally. "We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters" could mean any number of things. I believe 4D chess is what it's called.

 
Old 10-27-2017, 10:00 AM
 
Location: The City
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Irish bookmaker gives slim odds to Harrisburg's Amazon bid | CPBJ




what the gambling odds are, funny you can actually wager on this...




"The bad news: Harrisburg isn't on the list of 22 options for gamblers to choose. Atlanta leads the pack, at 2-1 odds, while Philadelphia is handicapped in third place at 7-1 behind Austin, Texas. Pittsburgh is ranked 14-1, behind contenders such as Boston (8-1), Toronto (9-1) and Rochester, N.Y. (10-1)."
 
Old 10-27-2017, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I guess only Amazon Prime customers know when to take Bezos literally but not take him seriously or take him seriously but not take him literally. "We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters" could mean any number of things. I believe 4D chess is what it's called.
I'm not gonna hold his feet to the fire if it's 57% Seattle and 43% other HQ. He's a marketer too.
 
Old 10-27-2017, 02:09 PM
 
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Irish bookmaker gives slim odds to Harrisburg's Amazon bid | CPBJ




what the gambling odds are, funny you can actually wager on this...




"The bad news: Harrisburg isn't on the list of 22 options for gamblers to choose. Atlanta leads the pack, at 2-1 odds, while Philadelphia is handicapped in third place at 7-1 behind Austin, Texas. Pittsburgh is ranked 14-1, behind contenders such as Boston (8-1), Toronto (9-1) and Rochester, N.Y. (10-1)."
Wow Rochester and Toronto on nearly equal footing.
 
Old 10-28-2017, 07:12 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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I imagine a more central location and a big metro area with good transportation is what they are looking for. The Chicagoland area fits which also includes Gary Indiana which is a really poor and an old industrial area. I could see Amazon wanting to boost a region and NW Indiana might just be such a place. A total outsider or an underdog might be what they go with!
 
Old 10-28-2017, 02:00 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I imagine a more central location and a big metro area with good transportation is what they are looking for. The Chicagoland area fits which also includes Gary Indiana which is a really poor and an old industrial area. I could see Amazon wanting to boost a region and NW Indiana might just be such a place. A total outsider or an underdog might be what they go with!
To me, this scenario is entirely within the realm of possibilities. Casting himself as the Great Savior of a legacy city might well appeal to Bezos' ego.
 
Old 10-29-2017, 09:12 AM
 
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To me, this scenario is entirely within the realm of possibilities. Casting himself as the Great Savior of a legacy city might well appeal to Bezos' ego.
The only cities I could see him doing this with are Baltimore and Newark because they actually check a lot of boxes when it comes to what Amazon is looking for.
 
Old 10-30-2017, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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It could be between 9 months to 1 year until we find out the new location of HQ2 according to a Georgia Official:
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Croteau said Amazon has made it clear that it needs 500,000 square feet to 750,000 square feet immediately, and about that much in additional space every 18 months through 2027.

Georgia’s bid is said to also include a bounty of incentives, including jobs tax credits and current and future transportation improvements that might entice the company.

Croteau said site visits across the country are expected to happen in November and December with the decision in 2018, but the process will happen over multiple phases. Perhaps as many as five phases.

“It’s no surprise to use for such a big decision with 50,000 jobs in the balance that a company would take nine to 12 months in this process,” he said. “With 238 locations submitting, it will certainly take a while.”

Georgia expects Amazon site visits to begin in November
Site visits to a select handful of cities start next month and are expected to span on through December. There could be up to as many as 5 phases to Amazon's decision on HQ2 and according to the GA state official, this process could last anywhere between 9 to 12 months. Meaning next year in October.

In other words, expect this thread to be active really deep into 2018 before the location of HQ2 is disclosed to the public.
 
Old 10-30-2017, 02:29 PM
 
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I think they can whack well over half of those respondents just given some of their criteria. An area of at least 1,000,000 people (logically it would be quite a bit larger than that not to destroy the local housing market), effective on-site mass transit, direct access to a strong university system and a pool of talent to draw 50,000 educated employees from, logistics to supply up to 8 million square feet of development near an international airport with direct daily flights from coast to coast, a diverse population with a business friendly local government and somewhere that will work in regards to availability of housing options and cost of living.
 
Old 10-30-2017, 10:15 PM
 
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People keep bringing up the local talent pool, but that doesn't seem terribly relevant. Or at least it hasn't been to Amazon before. If this is about paralleling the types of jobs they have at HQ1 (my assumption), they want to hire the world's best. Even a huge city like Chicago is only 0.13% of the world.

I also think that any location with regulatory hurdles or political uncertainties is unlikely to get far. My bet would be on a place, probably an urban district, where 8 msf is already planned for.
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