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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 09-09-2017, 04:56 AM
 
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I LOVE how there's a zillions of discussions about this all over the internet! We wants us some O that Amazon mo-neh, Jeff!

My bet right now would be that Austin has an edge, for all of the reasons already discussed.

But I still think Detroit is a strong possibility: The University of Michigan in nearby Ann Arbor is HUGE and well respected, and there are tons of other educational institutions in the area. If Amazon picked a midpoint between downtown Detroit and Ann Arbor (like Plymouth or Romulus) for it's campus, all requirements for their operation would be fulfilled. The Detroit airport is international. Detroit abuts Canada, and has excellent ground transportation links in every direction. Also, it would fit the company ethic to be the spark that rejuvenates the economy and infrastructure of that region.

It's pretty fun to speculate about this, isn't it?

Santa Claus is coming!

 
Old 09-09-2017, 06:00 AM
 
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My bet right now would be that Austin has an edge, for all of the reasons already discussed.
When did Austin initiate a multi-mode transit system and international air service? I don't see it an option otherwise given the parameters.
 
Old 09-09-2017, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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OP should have added Denver to the poll, but too late now.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/....nav=RecEngine

However, the fact that Bezos recently purchased a 23 million dollar home in DC is pretty strong writing on the wall.

http://www.businessinsider.com/jeff-...dly-to-bezos-1

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Old 09-09-2017, 06:53 AM
 
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If Amazon picked a midpoint between downtown Detroit and Ann Arbor (like Plymouth or Romulus) for it's campus, all requirements for their operation would be fulfilled.
There's light rail/subway out there?
 
Old 09-09-2017, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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I guarantee that they will choose a Right To Work state.
RTW (for less) laws don't seem to be a priority. Washington is not a RTW state and they won't be ceasing operations there; they've thrived there and are simply looking to expand.

RTW is an antiquated "status". Mississippi and West Virginia are "Right to Work" states.....they aren't exactly economic powerhouses attracting talent.
 
Old 09-09-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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So is MARTA as good as CTA?

I mean Chicago kind of has everything on lock just as Atlanta.

Why is Atlanta winning the poll tough? What makes it better?
Cheaper?
Weather?
 
Old 09-09-2017, 07:58 AM
 
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OP should have added Denver to the poll, but too late now.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/....nav=RecEngine

However, the fact that Bezos recently purchased a 23 million dollar home in DC is pretty strong writing on the wall.

Jeff Bezos buys $23 million mansion in Washington DC - Business Insider
I also think Bezos has become familiar with DC's tech incentives package. It's one of the top tech company incentive packages in the entire nation:

https://dmped.dc.gov/sites/default/f...tives_Tech.pdf
 
Old 09-09-2017, 08:08 AM
 
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So is MARTA as good as CTA?

I mean Chicago kind of has everything on lock just as Atlanta.

Why is Atlanta winning the poll tough? What makes it better?
Cheaper?
Weather?
More people on the forum from Georgia?
 
Old 09-09-2017, 08:16 AM
 
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RTW (for less) laws don't seem to be a priority. Washington is not a RTW state and they won't be ceasing operations there; they've thrived there and are simply looking to expand.

RTW is an antiquated "status". Mississippi and West Virginia are "Right to Work" states.....they aren't exactly economic powerhouses attracting talent.
Exactly, Bezos could give two flips about Right-To-Work and if anything is probably a deterrent in this circumstance.
 
Old 09-09-2017, 08:18 AM
 
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So is MARTA as good as CTA?

I mean Chicago kind of has everything on lock just as Atlanta.

Why is Atlanta winning the poll tough? What makes it better?
Cheaper?
Weather?
Advantageous geography with close air proximity to other large cities, booming business and IT sector, human capital, moderate climate and yes it is much more affordable.
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