A major tech college and a branch of Rutgers in the city and other colleges nearby. The spikes in both since they moved to South Lake Union are very noticeable. 1,978,816Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin TN Pop. ontenders/Metro area State Population New York-Newark-Jersey City NY Pop. I wish they would consider cities in the same orbit as a larger one. Near NYC, mass transit (bus, trains, PATH to JC and NYC). And yes, I am sure Jeff has a pretty good idea where he wants to go.[quote="Flighty"]I don't think a HQ needs to be at the logistics hub. Partly Amazon is trying to escape Seattle's high house prices, heavy traffic and taxes.[quote]Amazon has a lot to do with Seattle's high housing prices and hideous traffic.I'd think NYC, Chicago, LA, Miami, Houston, or Boston would be good choices, two of those being hard to make a case for given recent weather events! Louis (smackdab in the middle of the country, within reach of everyone)? It would make sense to make this HQ2 either on the East Coast (and you'll have the two Megalopoli of the US within reach) or somewhat more centrally located where it can serve as a secondary (not a co-primary) unit. When you entice people to move from Washington, a monthly bill of 0-2000 just in state income taxes really nips. Much of our transit system has its service concentrated in central/south Phoenix, Tempe, and western Mesa, while most tech companies seem to choose Chandler or Scottsdale, two cities with less transit service (especially Chandler). I work for a company that has a presence there and filling jobs is apparently difficult and I have heard the government is not exactly easy to work with.LA probably difficult to argue for as well due to it also being on the West Coast. There isn't any shortage of young people who want to rough it in a large city working for Amazon for 5-10 years. Maybe Austin is top-billed solely because of Whole Foods. Austin is top billed because it has the talent pool and lower housing prices than California or Seattle. Especially if it is to a place arguably worse than Seattle. Amazon did say it was looking for a city with access to mass transit. Much of our transit system has its service concentrated in central/south Phoenix, Tempe, and western Mesa, while most tech companies seem to choose Chandler or Scottsdale, two cities with less transit service (especially Chandler). Dallas - This city seems to be the easy choice for corporate re-location/expansion for a wide variety of reasons.I would think they would be inclined to pick more of a global city than Austin, Denver, Nashville, Memphis, or Philadelphia. The Newark area offers a diverse mix of people, NJ is reasonable as to social issues (like ok with Gay marriage). I like this list of possible contenders: https:// ... Pittsburgh - This city has a lot going for it and I could see Amazon help move this city to the next level.
I don't think a HQ needs to be at the logistics hub. Partly Amazon is trying to escape Seattle's high house prices, heavy traffic and taxes. The HQ2 process will involve air service as an important component. Oh, they have a recently opened Whole Foods on Broad Street (the main business street of the city) and Audible has a facility there so parts of Amazon already there. Due to NJIT, Rutgers-Newark and other colleges (state and private) in the area, there is a potential tech center developing. The issue is no real prominent university to draw talent from and an airport that is a bit out there and inadequate.
It'll either be a no-brainer like Boston or a "big-enough, up-and-coming good-enough for hipsters" place like Austin or Nashville as people have suggested (or even Charlotte). ATL would be an interesting choice, but there is a lack of land and out of this world congestion.
I think they probably already know where they want to go. Furthermore, the east coast is much more expensive and competitive than the midwest and south, so I expect a location in the midwest or south.
Amazon would be the biggest name but it wouldn't be the only. That seems like something out of a chamber of commerce brochure. Also NC (CLT/RDU) is less likely, because of the bathroom law debacle.
Companies like Garmin, Spint/Nextel, Cerner, and Century Link are headquartered there. UNLV is also getting up to speed on the IT side and I can say with 100% certainty, they will sit down with Amazon and figure out their needs and tailor courses to meet them. Will we be able to attract them, who knows at this point, I can say we will give it one hell of a shot. Why are western cities even being brought up, it would make zero sense for Amazon to build another HQ on the west coast, so let's just rule out PDX, SFO, SJC, SAN, LAX, LAS, BOI, PHX, SLC, and maybe even DEN or any other city west of the Rockies.
1,281,708Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT Pop. I would love to see it in my hometown of San Diego but I just don't that happening at all. For many other companies, their #1 priority is about money; they want the city / state that can give the biggest tax break. Oh, they have a recently opened (Whole Foods on Broad Street (the main business street of the city) and Audible has a facility there so parts of Amazon already there. Due to NJIT, Rutgers-Newark and other colleges (state and private) in the area, there is a potential tech center developing. These things are boilerplate, like saying "we want a city with parks and a good work-life balance." The sad thing is how much government resources are spent chasing after them. My bets are states without labor unions, no state tax, and that are growing with other tech industries: Texas, Colorado, Virginia, Pensylvania, and Indiana As I said, I am most familiar with NV's system and what it can offer and what size package the local/state could put together, however, I tend to agree with you somewhat, though there are some areas around Atlanta that may be appealing for something of this size, my wifes company is setting up it's east coast HQ in Greensboro, they came up with a nice incentive package for them but what really sold it was the real estate prices.