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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 11-03-2017, 02:23 PM
 
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I know several people who work for a leading corporate search & site selection firm. One of them knows Bezos personally, and he does NOT like freeways choking a city (a'la Atlanta, LA, Chicago).

This poll will have no bearing on the outcome. The inside dope is Philly or NoVa. Virginia is THE FAVORITE b/c they're known for generous incentives and other factors. Amazon wants a very urban setting, much like the Acela corridor (without the uncertainty of winter weather). So NoVa, Philly, Boston is a close third. Dark horse is Dallas, near Richardson as they have DART, lots of land and Texas is also generous with incentives.

As for the leader, NoVa is near ports, government, the transportation hub of the eastern "seaboard" with planes, trains and automobiles. It does not have the weather problems that northern cities have in winter and has an adequate Metro system (not overlooking their management problems). I've even heard Tysons is the area they're zeroing in on.

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Old 11-03-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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I know several people who work for a leading corporate search firm. One of them knows Bezos personally, and he does NOT like freeways choking a city (a'la Atlanta, LA, Chicago).

This poll will have no bearing on the outcome. The inside dope is Philly or NoVa. Virginia is THE FAVORITE b/c they're known for generous incentives and other factors. Amazon wants a very urban setting, much like the Acela corridor (without the uncertainty of winter weather). So NoVa, Philly, Boston is a close third. Dark horse is Dallas, near Richardson as they have DART, lots of land and Texas is also generous with incentives.

As for the leader, NoVa is near ports, government, the transportation hub of the eastern "seaboard" with planes, trains and automobiles. It does not have the weather problems that northern cities have in winter and has an adequate Metro system (not overlooking their management problems). I've even heard Tysons is the area they're zeroing in on.
So Bezos doesn't like freeways choking a city, but NoVA is the frontrunner? Oh okay.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.6e9ff935a786

Practically every major city has heavy traffic; that comes with the territory. Amazon's hometown of Seattle actually ranks in the top 5 for worst traffic among U.S. cities: http://www.businessinsider.com/13-us...se-from-2016-9
 
Old 11-03-2017, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Originally Posted by shinestx View Post
I know several people who work for a leading corporate search & site selection firm. One of them knows Bezos personally, and he does NOT like freeways choking a city (a'la Atlanta, LA, Chicago).

This poll will have no bearing on the outcome. The inside dope is Philly or NoVa. Virginia is THE FAVORITE b/c they're known for generous incentives and other factors. Amazon wants a very urban setting, much like the Acela corridor (without the uncertainty of winter weather). So NoVa, Philly, Boston is a close third. Dark horse is Dallas, near Richardson as they have DART, lots of land and Texas is also generous with incentives.

As for the leader, NoVa is near ports, government, the transportation hub of the eastern "seaboard" with planes, trains and automobiles. It does not have the weather problems that northern cities have in winter and has an adequate Metro system (not overlooking their management problems). I've even heard Tysons is the area they're zeroing in on.
Wow like 20 people in this thread all but got a text from Jeff Bezos telling them its in like 20 different cities. How interesting.

LOL
 
Old 11-03-2017, 02:45 PM
 
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I know several people who work for a leading corporate search & site selection firm. One of them knows Bezos personally, and he does NOT like freeways choking a city (a'la Atlanta, LA, Chicago).

This poll will have no bearing on the outcome. The inside dope is Philly or NoVa. Virginia is THE FAVORITE b/c they're known for generous incentives and other factors. Amazon wants a very urban setting, much like the Acela corridor (without the uncertainty of winter weather). So NoVa, Philly, Boston is a close third. Dark horse is Dallas, near Richardson as they have DART, lots of land and Texas is also generous with incentives.

As for the leader, NoVa is near ports, government, the transportation hub of the eastern "seaboard" with planes, trains and automobiles. It does not have the weather problems that northern cities have in winter and has an adequate Metro system (not overlooking their management problems). I've even heard Tysons is the area they're zeroing in on.
Sounds like BS.
 
Old 11-03-2017, 03:22 PM
 
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Interesting news from the Boston Business Journal today.

Amazon interested in up to 1m sq ft of space in Boston's seaport district. This is separate of the HQ2 expansion decision that is ongoing.

https://mobile.twitter.com/bosbizgre...88081208504320
Someone I know well placed in the circles involved seems to think Boston is in the catbirds seat due to this along with the obvious perks of human capital (well educated/skilled workforce), several prestige universities (Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Boston University, Tufts and Northeastern) along with a constant flow of desirable graduates, easy access to international air travel at Logan, Amtrak Acela service and overall a high quality of life to attract/maintain employees.
 
Old 11-03-2017, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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Whooosh! Amazon Stadium? Chicago developer hopes it's the ticket to HQ2 - Chicago Tribune
 
Old 11-03-2017, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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So Bezos doesn't like freeways choking a city, but NoVA is the frontrunner? Oh okay.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.6e9ff935a786

Practically every major city has heavy traffic; that comes with the territory. Amazon's hometown of Seattle actually ranks in the top 5 for worst traffic among U.S. cities: US cities with the worst traffic - Business Insider
lmao!

Northern VA is the epitome of automobile congestion and dense autocentric sprawl.
 
Old 11-03-2017, 03:32 PM
 
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Originally Posted by shinestx View Post
I know several people who work for a leading corporate search & site selection firm. One of them knows Bezos personally, and he does NOT like freeways choking a city (a'la Atlanta, LA, Chicago).

This poll will have no bearing on the outcome. The inside dope is Philly or NoVa. Virginia is THE FAVORITE b/c they're known for generous incentives and other factors. Amazon wants a very urban setting, much like the Acela corridor (without the uncertainty of winter weather). So NoVa, Philly, Boston is a close third. Dark horse is Dallas, near Richardson as they have DART, lots of land and Texas is also generous with incentives.

As for the leader, NoVa is near ports, government, the transportation hub of the eastern "seaboard" with planes, trains and automobiles. It does not have the weather problems that northern cities have in winter and has an adequate Metro system (not overlooking their management problems). I've even heard Tysons is the area they're zeroing in on.
This post is just full of contradictions.
 
Old 11-03-2017, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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FYI for those of you betting on Austin, the city is not offering up much in the way of incentives according to the local reports. With our infrastructure already bursting at the seams, I'm not too sure they are trying very hard.
 
Old 11-03-2017, 04:08 PM
 
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Wow, so many people with inside scoops. As we like to say here in Philly, maybe it's time to sit tight and "Trust the process."
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