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Old 09-13-2017, 08:58 PM
 
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Based on what I've seen from the Amazon RFP, I don't think they want a suburban campus. They want something walkable, connected, and close to transit. Seems like any of the cities would be better suited to pursue individually (though still a long shot) than a combined bid that doesn't come close to what they're looking for.

Ever been through Amazon's Seattle campus? It's not like Google's Mountain View HQ or Apple's mothership in Cupertino. It's no suburban office park setting. A spot between the cities might work for some other tech firms, but I could see Amazon picking Winston or Greensboro looooong before they picked a vacant lot in Colfax. Again, million to one shot for the cities anyway, but billion to one for a suburban site between them.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:49 AM
 
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Interesting turn of events. The Triad cities (Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point) are now submitting a joint bid for the Amazon headquarters according to Fox 8 news. Hypothetically because of a joint bid, if the Triad were to land it, the headquarters would likely be a suburban campus like setting centrally located between the cities as oppose to a downtown skyscraper site.
A revival of the Heart of the Triad thingy?

But no, won't happen. A completely suburban campus with no transit in an area with a small tech workforce to begin with? But hey, get your name out there.
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Thats the problem with doing a joint bid. On the good side it boosters the bid for a large region as oppose to a single city. The problem is Winston-Salem and High Point aren't going to bid for a corporate tower headquarters in downtown Greensboro and vice versa. Anything that is being supported regionally in the Triad has to be built on neutral grounds just like the major league baseball stadium proposal back in the late 90s. But regardless it looks bleak for the Triad landing Amazon.

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Old 09-14-2017, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Apparently some executives are pushing for Boston. Amazon denies these reports but if they are looking on the east coast, Boston does make the most sense. After Boston, the suburban DC area in Virginia would likely rank second.

https://www.bizjournals.com/triad/ne...nt-runner.html
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Yeah i think boston probably provides as close to an "east coast version" of their Seattle campus as Amazon is going to get.

Really not sure why Greensboro ever planned on putting in a bid by itself in the first place. No city in the Triad comes close to even the main qualifier of having a single metro of 1+ million people. And submitting the Triad as a whole seems like bending rules out of desperation. Can't really hate for trying i guess? Just doubt the bid would even reach the board room's desk.
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:03 PM
 
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Not to derail, but real estate acquisition would be pretty steep in Boston. I get the impression that Amazon is looking for quick buildout and relatively low cost.
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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I think what really takes Greensboro/Triad out of the running has nothing to do with infrastructure or mass transit. The Triad's location and transportation infrastructure is pretty superior. The area just doesn't have enough skill labor. Amazon is talking about 50,000 jobs. You are not going to find that many people in this area with that kind of technical background looking for jobs.
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I think what really takes Greensboro/Triad out of the running has nothing to do with infrastructure or mass transit. The Triad's location and transportation infrastructure is pretty superior. The area just doesn't have enough skill labor. Amazon is talking about 50,000 jobs. You are not going to find that many people in this area with that kind of technical background looking for jobs.
Or find enough people period. They wanted bids submitted from singular metro's of 1+ million people. Greensboro does not even qualify to be considered. And the Triad is a CSA so yet again the cost of playing can not even be payed.
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Or find enough people period. They wanted bids submitted from singular metro's of 1+ million people. Greensboro does not even qualify to be considered. And the Triad is a CSA so yet again the cost of playing can not even be payed.
The Triad's CSA use to be the Triad's MSA. The MSA was divided but the same number of people are there. Still 1.6 million in the Triad.
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The Triad's CSA use to be the Triad's MSA. The MSA was divided but the same number of people are there. Still 1.6 million in the Triad.
Triad isn't a city. Its a region. Its main cities have their own metros and have less to do with eachother then say the Triangle CSA. No matter how you try to bend it, nothing out of that of that side of the state meets the very first requirement to even qualify for Amazon HQ2. People.
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