Georgia Delivers For Amazon

The state of Georgia has delivered it’s pitch to Amazon for HQ2, which was due today. Never to let any opportunity past to Always Be Closing, Georgia used the delivery itself as part of it’s sales pitch, as shown in the video below:

You can find more about how Georgia stacks up against the competition in an older post here. The RFP has been answered. Now the bidding war officially begins.

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ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Honestly I think Atlanta has a shot just based on the criteria. The one weak spot might be transit, but if the legislature shows a willingness to be a true partner…who knows. I used to hear Denver on lots of the lists…not so much now

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

There are/were sites and ideas considered that few of us would have ever thought of.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Inc. apparently doesn’t consider ATL among the top 5.
https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/amazon-hq2-proposal-deadline-has-arrived-here-are-top-5-contenders.html
Atlanta has a lot going for it, but how do we beat Austin or Boston?

Fortune has ATL in the top 6 though:
http://fortune.com/2017/10/18/amazon-hq2-top-cities/

evergreentree
evergreentree

INC’s list makes no sense. Detroit was included solely because the writer wants to see the city make a comeback. Raleigh/Durham is on there even though they have no train system, aren’t a logistics and transportation hub and offer no benefits that Charlotte, let alone Atlanta, doesn’t exceed in spades. Denver is too close to Seattle, HQ1 and even the writer doesn’t allege that it is known for tech talent. “Washington, D.C. is not to be ignored as a legitimate contender.” Why? Because she says so. Austin is too small – less than a million people – and her claim… Read more »

chris
chris

Amazon’s largest datacenters are in Northern Virginia, as is a lot of their tech staff. I wouldn’t rule out that area. Still the cost of living and cost of real-estate don’t weigh in their favor.

Atlanta will lose because of the traffic, the schools, and the intersection of those two. If you want a moderately decent government school, you’ve got to suck up for three hours a day in the car.

evergreentree
evergreentree

“Amazon’s largest datacenters are in Northern Virginia, as is a lot of their tech staff.” Yeah I forgot about that. So it probably wouldn’t be in DC but near it, northern VA like you said. As far as cost of living/real estate, well there is Silicon Valley, D.C. proper, New York and everywhere else. So that would put northern VA to top of the list and bump Atlanta off IMHO. I don’t think that Amazon is choosing this HQ based on logistics … their ability to ship goods and such. It would give Atlanta a better shot if they did,… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Slate has a pretty good analysis:
http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/09/your_city_will_lose_the_contest_for_amazon_s_new_hq.html#lf_comment=733676933

My favorite comment:
“Philadelphia will likely put itself out of the running. We don’t just have the NIMBY syndrome; we’ve moved on to BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone).”

GeneHartke
GeneHartke

Look at how much public money we’ve given billionaires to build sports stadiums! You could be next! https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/10/19/lets-all-hope-new-york-gets-outbid-for-amazon/