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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 09-07-2017, 02:09 PM
 
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That would rule out Austin and Atlanta too.

They're conservative, but not regressive, and Bezos already has beef with NC legislators.

 
Old 09-07-2017, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Detroit would be an awesome bang for their buck. Educated populace, close to major universities, cheap land, lots of cheap rehab house opportunities. Detroit could really use the jolt of money and people. Here in Seattle, we've had sufficient and it's time to spread the wealth around.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles-Houston-DFW
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Austin makes a good choice with the Whole Foods takeover. DFW and Atlanta offer similar amenities and would be good choices. I think DC and Boston are as well. Houston is a long shot with Jeff Bezos' ties to the area.

We'll see.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Austin makes a good choice with the Whole Foods takeover. DFW and Atlanta offer similar amenities and would be good choices. I think DC and Boston are as well. Houston is a long shot with Jeff Bezos' ties to the area.

We'll see.
Yea, just remembered Austin was where WF was headquartered.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 02:21 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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Yea, just remembered Austin was where WF was headquartered.
This is a great point--could be a no-brainer choice for them to locate in Austin...didn't think of that.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 02:22 PM
 
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North Carolina's conservative state legislature is Raleigh's biggest hindrance.

North Carolina
Eh, I think that's overblown and I'm no fan of NC's legislature whatsoever; the state is still seeing major economic gains. You'd better believe they will shell out the incentives for this headquarters and that's what Amazon cares about first and foremost.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 02:24 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I think a true "left field city"--and one that shouldn't be discounted--is Detroit.
I wouldn't mind seeing this come to pass. Detroit really seems to be making a concerted effort to alter the negative perceptions about it, and this would go a long way towards doing that.
I rather think that Amazon will be looking in the Eastern Time Zone, however.
In the end, it may not be a top 10 metro at all. Amazon may like idea of locating in a mid-tier city like Charlotte, Greenville, Richmond, Columbus or Louisville where their brand would dominate the business landscape...much like Coca-Cola and Delta in Atlanta, Microsoft in Seattle and Berkshire-Hathaway in Omaha.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 02:24 PM
 
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True, but that hasn't stopped NY, NJ, and CT from hemorrhaging companies. Illinois is in a classic death spiral.
Illinois is not in a death spiral if you are looking for company HQ that have located to the Chicago area, and Chicago was ranked 1st in corporate expansion.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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Eh, I think that's overblown and I'm no fan of NC's legislature whatsoever; the state is still seeing major economic gains. You'd better believe they will shell out the incentives for this headquarters and that's what Amazon cares about first and foremost.
lots of states are going to throw money at Amazon, and those states didn't actively try to block one of Amazons major projects. That is a big strike against North Carolina.
 
Old 09-07-2017, 02:29 PM
 
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I wouldn't mind seeing this come to pass. Detroit really seems to be making a concerted effort to alter the negative perceptions about it, and this would go a long way towards doing that.
I rather think that Amazon will be looking in the Eastern Time Zone, however.
In the end, it may not be a top 10 metro at all. Amazon may like idea of locating in a mid-tier city like Charlotte, Greenville, Richmond, Columbus or Louisville where their brand would dominate the business landscape...much like Coca-Cola and Delta in Atlanta, Microsoft in Seattle and Berkshire-Hathaway in Omaha.
Microsoft doesn't dominate Seattle, as a matter fact if I had to say any one company dominates Seattle, it would be Amazon. They're bringing 50,000 jobs to whatever city they choose. They will almost certainly be the dominant corporate force in just about any city outside of New York and Chicago.
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