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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, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Jeff Bezos is a Democrat. He has given millions of $ away and nearly all to a democratic candidates.
He might be Democratic-leaning, but he's certainly not liberal. Amazon's PAC has given money to both Republicans and Democrats in the past. He has contributed to the non-profit which runs the libertarian magazine Reason in the past. He's vociferously anti-union, has spent big money to defeat income taxes on the wealthy in Washington, and is a big supporter of charter schools. On the other hand, he's a big supporter of liberal social issues. But social liberal + fiscal conservative equals libertarian, which I think is a good descriptor of him. He's just a libertarian who gives more money personally to Democrats than Republicans.

It seems like, on the whole, he tends to prioritize his liberal views on social issues more than his conservative views on economics when personally engaging in politics. I think it's fair to say he's probably slightly left-of-center in the U.S. sense. But unlike Silicon Valley billionaires such as Zuckerberg, Larry Page, or Tim Cook, he actually has taken public stances to the right on certain issues.

 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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As was said in the past, judging by this list, Amazon needs to balance out a few concerns.

1. The general cost of the MSA. The list currently has high cost metros (Boston/DC) and low-cost ones (Indy, Nashville)
2. The weight they're willing to give to whatever tax incentives/outright bribes are being shuffled their way.
3. How much they desire an urban campus. Certain locations (suburban DC, probably Raleigh) will probably be set up more like an old-fashioned suburban corporate campus.
4. Do they want to jump into a large metro where there is a talent pool already? Or do they want to go into a medium-sized metro where they can dominate the scene and effectively make it a "company town?"
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:40 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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CEO has a house in DC
I thought about that, too!
You buy a $23M house in Kalorama, you wanna get some use out of it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...in-washington/
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Well no Jax or Baltimore so that eliminates my dream long shots. Will be interesting to see what the next step in the process is for these finalists.

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Weird, because Jacksonville is not on the short list.
Is it weird though? I think Jax had maybe a 1% shot at this thing, which is perhaps a bit optimistic.
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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It's not a question of whether it's already blue. It's a question of growth. If metro Columbus doubles in size, it's going to drag the state as a whole to the left.
Based on current circumstances, I don't think that would be a bad thing.
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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I thought about that, too!
You buy a $23M house in Kalorama, you wanna get some use out of it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...in-washington/
Besos has multiple houses in different cities. It doesn't mean what people think it must.
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Well no Jax or Baltimore so that eliminates my dream long shots. Will be interesting to see what the next step in the process is for these finalists.



Is it weird though? I think Jax had maybe a 1% shot at this thing, which is perhaps a bit optimistic.
Set your sights on Apple, Jacksonville. Never give up!
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:48 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Not too many surprises here. Of these, I hope Pittsburgh gets it. It’s a city that was built to be much more populous that it already is and is on the lower cost of living side among the short list—not the lowest, but nowhere near the top. It’d have to compete for tech talent with all the other major tech companies who have set up camp in the city, but that’s also because its universities especially CMU pump out a lot of talent. I’d hope a Pittsburgh location eventually comes with better local and regional rail service.

NYC definitely doesn’t need this though, so I’m hoping it’s not chosen.
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:48 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Besos has multiple houses in different cities. It doesn't mean what people think it must.
Well, duh.
 
Old 01-18-2018, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Itís looking like they really want to go with DC
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