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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, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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While there are plenty of metro areas that meet the minimum population requirement, I think many of them can be logically eliminated as likely choices. I doubt that Amazon wants to go outside of The United States. Doing so would require them to deal with completely different sets of business, labor, and national security regulations.

I would also assume that they would want a location that is reasonably removed geographically from Seattle. For those reasons, I would think that cities in the Northeast, Midwest, and South of The US would be the most likely to make their way to a short list.

I also get the impression that Amazon is looking for an urban setting with reliable public transit options and an airport with intercontinental flights. That probably drops the list down to 10-12 cities. In the end, I suspect that the deciding factor will be just how lucrative the state/city financial incentive offer is.

 
Old 09-09-2017, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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BTW I wouldn't take any city over the field.

I don't see a city like NO or Charlotte being a contender. I'd scratch off almost any western city. Denver, SLC. Maybe he goes the wild card route and picks LA? I'd look East, and to me Austin is the western most city that would be considered.

Has anyone mentioned Phoenix?
 
Old 09-09-2017, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Also, what a great country. At least 25 cities that I would say "why the hell not."
 
Old 09-09-2017, 04:40 PM
 
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Atlanta was MARTA, 47.6 miles of heavy rail and Dallas has DART, 93 miles of light rail, the largest light rail system in the US.
You've got a point. ATL does have a serious chance. Also it is MUCH cheaper than most other major cities. Not a bad deal. It's got Georgia Tech a great school. Probably the best pick.

I would pick between Austin (damn the public transpo) & ATL. However with creating 55,000 real jobs, I would want to go with a bigger city like ATL.

End of the day ATL is the winner in my book.

BTW on a side note, I think it is quite sad that many of our great cities have essentially priced themselves out of competition.
 
Old 09-09-2017, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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After reading this thread, and my uninformed opinion, I would think it looks like this:

1. DC
2. Chicago
3. NYC
4. ATL
5. Boston
6. Austin
7. Philly
8. LA
9. Miami
10.Detroit
 
Old 09-09-2017, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Why do people keep saying it won't be anywhere in the west? That isn't mentioned anywhere in the 8 page document released by Amazon. It's a second headquarters, not a distribution center.
 
Old 09-09-2017, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Point Loma, San Diego, CA
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Why do people keep saying it won't be anywhere in the west? That isn't mentioned anywhere in the 8 page document released by Amazon. It's a second headquarters, not a distribution center.
Yeah I don't know why the location even matters either. It's not like they wake up and go to the stock exchange at Amazon.
 
Old 09-09-2017, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Why do people keep saying it won't be anywhere in the west? That isn't mentioned anywhere in the 8 page document released by Amazon. It's a second headquarters, not a distribution center.
To begin with, all of us are obviously just speculating. Amazon will choose the location for their own reasons--reasons we may or may not be taking into consideration.

From my perspective, I would think that if they wanted to stay in The West, they could simply expand on their Seattle operations; and while it's true that it will be a second headquarters, it would seem to make sense to have it in a location that is geographically distinct from their other headquarters.
 
Old 09-09-2017, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Austin
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To begin with, all of us are obviously just speculating. Amazon will choose the location for their own reasons--reasons we may or may not be taking into consideration.

From my perspective, I would think that if they wanted to stay in The West, they could simply expand on their Seattle operations; and while it's true that it will be a second headquarters, it would seem to make sense to have it in a location that is geographically distinct from their other headquarters.
But if that were important, why not specify it in the documents released detailing what they are looking for?
 
Old 09-09-2017, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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But if that were important, why not specify it in the documents released detailing what they are looking for?
I think the sad reality is that, just as is typical of professional sports franchises, other types of businesses recognize that the more bidders they can engage in a development proposition, the better the deal they can get. Ultimately, I have little doubt that the primary consideration will be the incentive package that is offered.
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