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Old 12-01-2017, 12:08 PM
 
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I think what Gaylord may mean is that San Antonio is the least aggressive and progressive big city in Texas when it comes to competing for new businesses.
You have to understand Gaylord's logic. If any Texas city (sans Austin) tries for something, they're automatically accused of being delusional and drunk on "Texas state pride." To him, San Antonio is BOTH lazy and drunk off of state pride. Most people would say that San Antonio acted wise in that situation. In his mind, they did it because they were lazy.

 
Old 12-01-2017, 03:42 PM
 
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My friend just sent me the video Charlotte leaders pitched to Amazon. It's freakin awful.

Charlotte won't hear for a while if it makes Amzon HQ2 shortlist | Charlotte Observer
That is incredibly bad. Most of the city shots where you think people would be out and about show a ghost town.

And the production quality is amateur.

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Old 12-01-2017, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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I think what Gaylord may mean is that San Antonio is the least aggressive and progressive big city in Texas when it comes to competing for new businesses.
Yep. You miss every shot you don't take. The rep said "we have what it takes to win, but we know they've already picked someone" reeks of apathy. If you think you can win, take a shot. What will you lose? Money?
 
Old 12-01-2017, 06:01 PM
 
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Insult Seattle in your sales video? Cheesy speakers trying to be poetic? Ouch.
 
Old 12-01-2017, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Insult Seattle in your sales video? Cheesy speakers trying to be poetic? Ouch.
yeah,would make no sense to insult another city, especially the HQ.
 
Old 12-02-2017, 01:42 PM
 
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A side note...Microsoft is doubling down on its current Seattle area campus in Redmond...this past week they announced 2,500,000 sf of new construction (replacing smaller buildings) and 6,700,000 sf of renovations to occur by 2023.

They already have 15,000,000 sf locally, mostly on the main campus. They employ 47,000 locally, which I'd guess might be 60,000 including contract employees. The additions are expected to expand capacity by 8,000 to 12,000.

Much of the growth will center on a new "heavy" light rail stop that will open in 2023. Despite being a suburban campus, they already had only a 57% SOV rate in 2016.

I've included this because it's cool, and also the Amazon thing is often talked about as a referendum on Seattle.
 
Old 12-02-2017, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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My friend just sent me the video Charlotte leaders pitched to Amazon. It's freakin awful.

Charlotte won't hear for a while if it makes Amzon HQ2 shortlist | Charlotte Observer
Awful sorta-rhyming-rap thing trying desperately to be cool.
Terrible grammar, an indictment on NC schools.
More cheese than Wisconsin.
Insulting Seattle, the host city of the company.
Desperately trying to sound progressive in a state that's been anything but.


If Charlotte was on any short list before, that video should've taken them off of it.
 
Old 12-03-2017, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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A side note...Microsoft is doubling down on its current Seattle area campus in Redmond...this past week they announced 2,500,000 sf of new construction (replacing smaller buildings) and 6,700,000 sf of renovations to occur by 2023.

They already have 15,000,000 sf locally, mostly on the main campus. They employ 47,000 locally, which I'd guess might be 60,000 including contract employees. The additions are expected to expand capacity by 8,000 to 12,000.

Much of the growth will center on a new "heavy" light rail stop that will open in 2023. Despite being a suburban campus, they already had only a 57% SOV rate in 2016.

I've included this because it's cool, and also the Amazon thing is often talked about as a referendum on Seattle.
It is cool, and I wonder, mhays25 if any of the new buildings will be taller than existing today. I also wonder what happened to their Issaquah campus plans...seems like that was the next growth area but perhaps they have backed off from this area?
 
Old 12-03-2017, 08:58 AM
 
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Exactly. And just provides more support to the fact that all hither and yond, non-qualified cities should refrain from putting forth the energy and financial resources required for a bid that they will not win. Protecting them from themselves.
Exactly there are what 250 cities that applies but only 25 cities that might have a chance. My hometown of Worcester (50 miles west of Boston) has no chance, but they spent $11,000 on a presentation. That money could have been spent on anything else. Abandon property, parks, a down payment on a fire truck. Worcester has no chance though. Where I live now (Boston) has a chance so money spent on a presentation is well spent.

Worcester could have put a presentation for Oracle (unsolicited) to move here and it would have the same result.
 
Old 12-03-2017, 12:02 PM
 
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pnwguy2, there are stories in the PSBJ etc., including a general diagram. It's lowrise buildings.

The_General, I suspect many of the presenters know their odds are next to impossible, but they might also consider it a chance to get on a list for smaller Amazon operations, and also get some PR that other companies might notice.
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