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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%
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Old 01-18-2018, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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That's because the CEO OWNS the Washington Post, and wants to be another George Soros. He is a far left political string puller, but that doesn't mean he wants his business to be accountable, so he will locate it for business, not political reasons.
Jeff Bezos is not left wing. He's basically a libertarian.

 
Old 01-18-2018, 07:51 AM
 
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There are some big exceptions though. No Houston or Phoenix for example.

Thinking about it more, I'm wondering if Miami and LA were included mostly in an attempt to "geographically balance" the list. They're not known for having a deep talent pool in these areas.

If Indy was added to try to balance the list/provide more Midwest candidates, I'm really shocked that Minneapolis didn't get into the list.
They know where they are going already. They didn't want to have a top 5 list with lets say Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, NYC and DC so they decided to make it a top 20 list to make people talk about this more/etc
 
Old 01-18-2018, 07:53 AM
 
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No need to fix my post when you can make your own.
 
Old 01-18-2018, 07:59 AM
 
Location: The City
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Short list is out of the top 20 locations:

Amazon Announces Candidates for HQ2

Looks like most of the usual suspects are there, the DC metroplex got 3 locals in the top 20:

- Atlanta, GA

- Austin, TX

- Boston, MA

- Chicago, IL

- Columbus, OH

- Dallas, TX

- Denver, CO

- Indianapolis, IN

- Los Angeles, CA

- Miami, FL

- Montgomery County, MD

- Nashville, TN

- Newark, NJ

- New York City, NY

- Northern Virginia, VA

- Philadelphia, PA

- Pittsburgh, PA

- Raleigh, NC

- Toronto, ON

- Washington D.C.

all but 5 in the eastern time zone


7 in the NE
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Yay, two Texas cities made the list - not surprising there.
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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They know where they are going already. They didn't want to have a top 5 list with lets say Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, NYC and DC so they decided to make it a top 20 list to make people talk about this more/etc
I agree that at least half of this list is filler which is meant to be good PR for amazon. But I would be shocked if the top 5 included just the cities you mentioned. I'm guessing they have a few smaller cities on their finalist list as well. Amazon would have so much economic heft in a small metro like my own Pittsburgh they'd effectively turn it into a company town, which creates big advantages for them in terms of getting exactly what they want.
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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They also seem to really want to consider DC as an option, given DC is the only metro listed three times (separately for DC, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia). Arguably they're giving NYC two shots at it due to Newark also being on the list. Every other city just gets one chance.
Basically, there's a 20% chance that DC or New York gets it. At this point, I'd be absolutely shocked if Amazon selected one of the four cities west of the Mississippi. And less shocked but a little surprised still, if they chose one of the smaller cities over NY, DC, Boston, Chicago...

An interesting tidbit that likely means nothing: Amazon was founded in '94. The Seattle metro, as defined at the time, had a population of 2,033,156 (Tacoma was a seperate metro). Obviously, in roughly a quarter-century, Amazon has helped Seattle nearly double its metropolitan population. If similar effects are foreshadowed by the selected city, the cities closest in size to mid-90s Seattle, in order, are Columbus, Austin, Indianapolis, Newark, and Nashville (add Pittsburgh and delete Newark if you don't consider it a seperate MSA based on its MD)...

So I guess I shouldn't be surprised if they select a smaller city. I wonder if that's a consideration to them--which city is like early-90s Seattle today, and which city could be present day-Seattle in 2040 or thereabouts?

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This issue is that folks automatically assume that slow-growth areas are economically moribund
Everything you said, but this exactly. People actually believe this way and it never ceases to amaze me, because it's such a simplistic, black-and-white purview. "More people are moving here". Okay....and?
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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DC x3, seems like somebody's trying to make it work. My spirit wants it to be in Pittsburgh.
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:04 AM
 
Location: The City
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Yay, two Texas cities made the list - not surprising there.


PA and TX both have 2


DC Metro 3
NY Metro 2
Northeast 7 in total
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:05 AM
 
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It's pretty amazing how DC's suburbs pull such weight on their own.
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