Wishful Thinking: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Atlanta For Amazon HQ2 Move
“The lobbyist’s presence in Georgia is now ‘the buzz of economic development circles,’ spurring speculation that Amazon is taking a closer look at the state as the potential site of its next home,” the AJC report says.
The New York Times Upshot blog predicted that Denver would win but Denver residents themselves don’t want Amazon, and many other areas — especially Detroit — do, CNBC reported:
“In the months since the competition was announced, various outlets have used Amazon’s own requirements to model which cities best meet the qualifications for the company’s second headquarters. Analyses conducted by CNBC show that big cities like New York meet many of the requirements laid out by Amazon in its request for proposals, but southern metro areas — including Charlotte/Raleigh-Durham/Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina — could make a compelling case.”
In the Detroit area, 28 percent of people said they would “definitely” want to work for Amazon if the company brought its second headquarters to town compared to 26 percent in the Atlanta region. By comparison, 24 percent of those surveyed in the Houston region said they would “definitely” want to work for Amazon, 23 percent in the Miami region and 23 percent in greater Los Angeles.
In Seattle, home to Amazon HQ1, the internet giant has reshaped the city “in its own image, attracting tech employees from around the world, driving up housing prices and compelling the city to invest more heavily in transit options and infrastructure,” CNBC reported.
In terms of expectations for an Amazon H2Q impact on the region, Detroit residents were again the most enthusiastic. More than three in four people surveyed said that Amazon would be a “good thing” for their area.