Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Amazon's inter-city headquarters competition epitomizes our class war moment

Amazon's inter-city headquarters competition epitomizes our class war moment

Amazon has whittled down the list of candidates for its much-coveted second headquarters, delivering snubs to some cities in the western USA and including some surprise locations.

"Cobb County has incredible schools, and therefore would probably get a lot of amazon people moving out to the Cobb County area and all up and down the 400 corridor as well, those are popular places to live", said Turner.

The committee that put together the proposal is planning a workshop in the near future to discuss economic development, and will invite current and potential industries to discuss the strengths of Milam County.

"The Golden State is home to the best universities and research institutions in the world, a uniquely qualified and talented workforce and the most dynamic combination of innovation and investment on the planet", Brown said a pitch letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Miami did make the cut as well, though the southern Florida city generally isn't seen as a direct competitor of Atlanta for corporate relocations.

Amazon said it received 238 applications in total and that it expects to make a final decision this year. "I think Amazon should have selected Halifax, but we understand and that is the way things work".

Boston and neighboring Somerville remained in contention Thursday to serve as host city for Amazon's second North American headquarters, but a number of other prospective sites in MA were eliminated.

The Seattle-based online retailer said on its website it plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in the chosen community.

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Epps said that the city was notified by Amazon via e-mail that it was a finalist, about the same time the e-commerce giant made the public announcement. Gary did not make the list.

Mesilla Valley's Lopez said it's hard for companies to understand the opportunities of this tri-state, two-country region.

Stonecrest, Georgia, which offered to de-annex some of its land and rename it the city of Amazon, is still in the running as part of Atlanta's efforts.

"This (the second Amazon headquarters) is so much bigger".

On Oct. 26, Augustine held a news conference to announce the regional approach in trying to lure Amazon HQ2 to Northeastern Pennsylvania. Many fear that Amazon's headquarters would cause housing prices to increase - a report from Apartment List found that Pittsburgh rent prices would increase by 1 to 1.6 percent.

Amazon's finalist list leans heavily on the South and the East, particularly the Northeast.

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