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Old 01-18-2014, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Well the difference is SF's economy isn't based on gold and Miami's isn't based on cocaine, Houston is still dependent on oil for it's relevance. I believe I read 80% of the imports/exports out of its port are petro related. Alternatives to oil will eventually become a necessity for continued growth and even for survival and even if Houston plays a part in the alternatives, the industry will not be anywhere near as centralized in Houston as today's domestic petrol industry. Houston's enjoying its current boom, but the next bust like the 80s could occur in the future if solar becomes a viable alternative.
Houston is still a vital part of the of alternative energy sectors such as solar, wind, and hydro. Houston isn't just bit in oil. It's big in all aspects of energy. An oil bust can indeed happen and it will be felt. But Houston is in better shape now then it was in the 80s and they have focused more on alternative energy that it can withstand any type of bust that could occur.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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And you are?
A flyswatter. Don't play with me.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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Well, it's not the financial center for Latin America, but it's certainly one of the major ones. More and more Latin banks are opening up in Miami because rich Argentines, Brazilians, etc. are pouring their money into Miami real estate because it's cheaper than the high-quality real estate back home and it looks like a great investment. The banks don't want to be left out of the loop, so they follow.

But it's not just about banks. The following companies are major companies with regional HQ in the metropolitan area with a Latin American focus:

General Motors (Miramar)
Hewlett-Packard Latin America (Miami)
Nokia Corp (Miami)
Caterpillar Americas Services (Miami)
American Airlines (Coral Gables)
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Miami)
Kraft Foods (Coral Gables)
Alcatel-Lucent (Miramar)
Cisco Systems (Miami)
Hilton International (Miami)
Ingram Micro (Miami)
Electrolux Home Products International (Miami)
Schering-Plough Corporation (Miami Lakes)
DHL Global Forwarding Latin America (Plantation)
Tech Data (Miami)
Komatsu Latin America (Miami)
Oracle Latin America (Miami)
H.I.G. Capital Management (Miami)
Canon Latin America (Miami)
APL (Miami)
Gap International Sourcing (Americas) (Miami)
Paccar International, Latin America (Miami)
Eastman Chemical Latin America, Inc. (Miami)
Amcor PET Packaging Latin America (Miramar)
Marriott International (Weston)
Microsoft Latin America (Ft. Lauderdale)
SAP International (Miami)
Unisys Corporation (Boca Raton)
UPS (Miami)
Western Union Latin America (Hollywood)



This is very true.
This is not an impressve list imo.Many cities have regional and evn international headquaters of different companies.
What about "headquarters" of a corporation where that are not branches?Not to mention Global 1000 companies?Most of those listed are not.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:14 PM
 
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London knocks off New York City as top spot for foreign investors: Washington, D.C., drops to 9th in latest survey
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London is the top choice for foreign investors, beating New York City, which finished second in a poll released today.

San Francisco ranked third, followed by Houston and Los Angeles. Washington, D.C., fell out of favor as a destination for foreign money, dropping to ninth, after Tokyo, Madrid and Munich. New York ranked first in the previous three years.
London knocks off New York City as top spot for foreign investors | Economic Watch | McClatchy DC

As it pertains to recent news and this thread. I think Boston fell out of the top 10, replaced by Los Angeles, actually, but it's probably at eleventh, which in itself is impressive, considering it's global. Putting it in the tier with Chicago and Dallas, in itself, great company to have.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:03 PM
 
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This is not an impressve list imo.Many cities have regional and evn international headquaters of different companies.
What about "headquarters" of a corporation where that are not branches?Not to mention Global 1000 companies?Most of those listed are not.
Well the list may not be impressive to you but there is a reason all of these corporations base their Latin American Head Quarters in Miami instead of Atlanta or even in Latin America itself. The availability of a bilingual labor pool in Miami is a major advantage to many US corporations that isn't found in many other US cities. These corporations can also keep their employees in the US instead of sending them overseas and setting up operations in foreign nations.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: A subtropical paradise
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A flyswatter. Don't play with me.
Well, you are out of luck, Mr. Flyswatter sir, because I can assure you that there are no flies to swat in this thread.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Washington County, PA
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Greensboro, Montpelier, Birmingham, and Des Moines make the cut. Pittsburgh doesn't. Yep. This list is very credible.
Pittsburgh was a gamma - last time. This list got everything mixed up. Raleigh gamma? Hilarious.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Shaw.
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Well the list may not be impressive to you but there is a reason all of these corporations base their Latin American Head Quarters in Miami instead of Atlanta or even in Latin America itself. The availability of a bilingual labor pool in Miami is a major advantage to many US corporations that isn't found in many other US cities. These corporations can also keep their employees in the US instead of sending them overseas and setting up operations in foreign nations.
Yeah, this. Also, I just copy-pasted from Wikipedia, so there's no reason to assume it's complete.
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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Well the list may not be impressive to you but there is a reason all of these corporations base their Latin American Head Quarters in Miami instead of Atlanta or even in Latin America itself. The availability of a bilingual labor pool in Miami is a major advantage to many US corporations that isn't found in many other US cities. These corporations can also keep their employees in the US instead of sending them overseas and setting up operations in foreign nations.
Don't mistake me for implying its not good that Miami is the de facto capital for latin America.It is.

My point is that the great cities that wield great economic clout are almost always focused beyond many regions throughout the world.Not just one.
Even if there is one region that due to their geographical location where that investment has been from foreign.

Miami is hurt because its focus seems so narrow.
You mentioned Atlanta but Atlanta has a huge international corporate base,Not from one area but the world.
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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^ Understood and Miami did lose some of it's heavy weights back in the 80s & 90s with the bankruptcy of Pan Am & Eastern Airlines as well as the demise of Southeast Bank (built the Wachovia tower) as well as Centrust bank.
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