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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 09-07-2017, 10:02 AM
 
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NYC is attracting a lot of new businesses. Don't equal NY, NJ, CT to NYC.
In fact, most companies that relocate from NYC suburns to NYC

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True, but that hasn't stopped NY, NJ, and CT from hemorrhaging companies. Illinois is in a classic death spiral.

 
Old 09-07-2017, 10:04 AM
 
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This is to create a second headquarter, not a distribution center. So cheap land or cheap labor is not a big concern. What they need is a top global city to attract top talent. Plus they want an attractive downtown with good public transit. Only NYC or Boston can do
 
Old 09-07-2017, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Charlotte or Atlanta are my guesses.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 10:13 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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My guesses, based on low cost of land/rent, access to high tech employees, bigger city but growing, and a newer geographic area that is non-west, are below--

1) Atlanta
Pros-Logical geographically, low cost, booming, world's busiest airport, access to millenial "techie" types, with Georgia Tech right there as well.
Cons-not many. Quite possibly "too big" of a city? If Amazon wants a smaller, growing, dynamic city in order to be the "big fish in the pond," could pass Atlanta up.

2) Austin
Pros-Booming city, incredible tech scene. Lives/breathes digital/tech. Would be "trendy/hot" location to head to.
Cons-Could be too far removed from the southeast/northeast, but that could be minimal in terms of decision-making.

3) New York City
Pros-THE US city to be in, in terms of an HQ. Access to anything and everything--huge impact.
Cons-Cost, cost, cost. Rent way high, and a small fish in a gigantic pond.

4) Chicago
Pros-Great geographic location-super central. Access to all techies, major massive airport, lower cost than NY/Boston/San Fran areas.
Cons-May be overlooked due to "hotter tech cities" like NY, Atlanta, Austin.

5) Charlotte or Raleigh-Durham
Pros-Techie access, growing cities, superb location, low cost
Cons-May want larger city with in-place infrastructure

6) Nashville
Pros-Seems to be the "red hot IN" city in the US right at this moment. Everyone either wants to move here, vacation here or see what all the buzz is about. A booming city and Amazon would be THE major company in a highly-visible town.
Cons-May not be a contender and overshadowed by larger more traditional tech cities like Austin, Atlanta, NYC.

7) Miami, Denver, Boston
All 3 are viable candidates but Denver may be "too west;" Miami could be too south and heavily Latino markets, but this could be an incredible thing as well; Boston could be ideal actually, no cons other than higher costs in terms of rent...


Eager to see what Amazon's "short list" will be.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Denver
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If they picked Denver, half their new employees would be homeless because there are literally no available houses here.

My bet is it will be a smaller city, probably a C city in Ohio or Pittsburgh or Buffalo or Charlotte.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 10:23 AM
 
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Yeah i'm not sure i'd agree with the list. I think they are looking for something less conventional and not a sexy city-data city. I also think this would be one of the rare cases a company looking to make an investment might shy away from the south. Amazon leadership tends to put a high emphasis on social values. Southern stigmas weather they are deserved or not might hold it back. I also think they might be looking to make a statement toward an underdog type area like Detroit which is on the rise with available land, cheaper housing, and major city amenities.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Brookline
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If they picked Denver, half their new employees would be homeless because there are literally no available houses here.

My bet is it will be a smaller city, probably a C city in Ohio or Pittsburgh or Buffalo or Charlotte.
Pittsburgh currently has two large shovel ready sites in the city. One adjacent to downtown (former Civic Arena site) and the other (https://www.almono.org/) is the last brownfield to be redeveloped in the city.


We have affordable housing, an eye towards sustainability, a growing tech scene, a strong university presence, and it would make for an amazing story.


Our airport is a former hub, so it can handle the traffic, but currently is not fully utilized. Daily flights have been growing for the past few years but the airport could be an issue. The incentives will probably also be an issue as we are not a rich city that can give away the bank as part of the offer.


Chances are slim, but you have to swing for the fences...
 
Old 09-07-2017, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Would love if they were the anchor of the Schuylkill Yards in Philadelphia. I have a friend that works at Urban's HQ that floated an idea that Urban was looking for a buyer. What better way for Amazon to get their foot in the retail door than buy the company that stood strong during the retail meltdown.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 10:44 AM
 
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I guarantee that they will choose a Right To Work state.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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A lot of people on here are saying Charlotte, but I think Raleigh-Durham's access to talent and research, land available, etc. would give it an advantage. But I think that there's also a case to be made for rust belt cities that have a lot of existing infrastructure and the capacity to add things back to the mix. Cleveland and Detroit would be interesting, as would Pittsburgh which is also a research and tech hub.

My sleeper pick would probably be Baltimore, which has Northeast Corridor transportation and access but Sunbelt-like prices.
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