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Old 09-15-2017, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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The lack of mass transit makes the Triad a non-starter from the word go. Its a basic requirement in the RFP.
The question I have then is why was Raleigh on a list? They dont have "mass transit" either. There is state passenger rail service along with Amtrak service to New York in Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro and Charlotte. But Charlotte is the only city in the state that has the kind of mass transit you are referring to. That being said if there is any city in NC that fits what Amazon wants its Charlotte. But I dont even think Charlotte is near the top of the list.
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:40 AM
 
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The question I have then is why was Raleigh on a list? They dont have "mass transit" either. There is state passenger rail service along with Amtrak service to New York in Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro and. Charlotte.
Couldn't tell you, I didn't make a "list", and frankly, neither has Amazon, so all lists are irrelevant.
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:54 PM
 
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But Charlotte is the only city in the state that has the kind of mass transit you are referring to. That being said if there is any city in NC that fits what Amazon wants its Charlotte.
Well, hopefully Durham and Chapel Hill will have their light rail running soon.
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Old 09-15-2017, 12:55 PM
 
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The question I have then is why was Raleigh on a list? They dont have "mass transit" either. There is state passenger rail service along with Amtrak service to New York in Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro and Charlotte. But Charlotte is the only city in the state that has the kind of mass transit you are referring to. That being said if there is any city in NC that fits what Amazon wants its Charlotte. But I dont even think Charlotte is near the top of the list.
Maybe because those who prepared those lists have more insight than you?
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Old 09-15-2017, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Maybe because those who prepared those lists have more insight than you?
Well apparently mass transit isnt a requirement if thats the case.
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Old 09-15-2017, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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News link to the Triad bid

Triad cities will make joint bid for Amazon headquarters | myfox8.com
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:11 PM
 
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Well sure if you wanna get super super technical about it but lets be real here. You and I both know thats not what Amazon is asking for. Greensboro's gunna claim people from all the way up in mt. Airy?? Winston salem is going to allow greensboro to put in a solo bid using the people from its metro??

All im saying is there has to be a lot of bending of the requirements JUST to meet the initial qualifier of 1+million people to even be considered.
I don't even disagree with your premise that the Triad has 0% chance to land this.

However, this is insanely wrong. For one, as Mutiny stated, the Triad CSA has about 1.6 million people in it. Sure, this includes Mt. Airy. But a vast majority of those people live within a 30-40 minutes of Greensboro. The eliminating factor for Greensboro is not having enough people with the talent they need to fill 50,000 high-paying jobs along with a complete lack of mass transit.

And the main reason behind the 1 million person area requirement is to not weed too many areas out before they've even had a chance to hear offers. But no, Greensboro has no chance to land the project.
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:19 PM
 
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I love how in one sentence, it is mentioned that a requirement of the HQ2 is to be within 45 minutes of a major airport... and then two airports are mentioned (Raleigh and Charlotte), each of which are well over an hour from any site in the Triad.
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Old 09-16-2017, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC USA
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Even the News and Record is calling the Triad's effort a long shot. Even Raleigh is a tough sell. In addition North Carolina's political state would hinder any city including Charlotte from landing Amazon. I commend the Triad for trying though and I always enjoy seeing the Triad work together for a common goal. The individual cities will always be stronger when they work together as oppose to competing against one another.

Triad economic officials prepare to cast long-shot bid for second Amazon headquarters | Local Business | greensboro.com
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Old 09-17-2017, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I don't even disagree with your premise that the Triad has 0% chance to land this.

However, this is insanely wrong. For one, as Mutiny stated, the Triad CSA has about 1.6 million people in it. Sure, this includes Mt. Airy. But a vast majority of those people live within a 30-40 minutes of Greensboro. The eliminating factor for Greensboro is not having enough people with the talent they need to fill 50,000 high-paying jobs along with a complete lack of mass transit.

And the main reason behind the 1 million person area requirement is to not weed too many areas out before they've even had a chance to hear offers. But no, Greensboro has no chance to land the project.
Look i understand what you're saying and all but analytics aside we all know what Amazon means when they ask for a singular metro of 1million+. Reality often trumps just raw numbers. Why do you think now all of a sudden the Triad is putting in a joint bid?? No city in the Triad alone qualifies. A big company like this is not dumb. They know exactly how many people depend on any given city for work or influence. Greensboro's bid as a singular one would really stretch who they could claim are people that are influenced by the city itself.

Now the Triad CSA as a whole sure absolutely has enough people but yet again, from the jump, its put clearly for all of us that a CSA setup like the Triad is not at all what they are looking for.

Like i said, no foul putting in for it i guess but its literally irrelevant other then to maybe shine light on the area for other much smaller amazon projects.
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