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Old 18 January 2018, 11:33
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Amazon picks 20 finalists for its second headquarters

I originally guffawed when Miami submitted (really, it's Opa-Locka), but it looks like the city made it into the quarterfinals. Here's the list:

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Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County in Maryland, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington D.C.
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Last year, Amazon (AMZN) received bids from 238 cities and regions from across 54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America. The company said it would make a decision in 2018.

Called HQ2, the new facility will cost at least $5 billion to construct and operate, and will create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.
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Old 18 January 2018, 11:43
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Thank.God that Connecticut is not on the list.....why, that would interfere with our plans to build ANOTHER casino which we all know attracts the best and brightest this country has to offer.
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Old 18 January 2018, 11:43
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Please God no where in Texas. Keep that shit in a leftist city and keep the cancer contained.
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Old 18 January 2018, 11:56
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Please God no where in Texas. Keep that shit in a leftist city and keep the cancer contained.
Dallas is very high on the list dude.. Local news stories have been running daily here about this..
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Old 18 January 2018, 11:57
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And the serious shake down for tax advantages begins.
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Old 18 January 2018, 12:04
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Seems that some cities are doing all they can (well, almost) to be chosen by Amazon...
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Old 18 January 2018, 12:26
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Please God no where in Texas. Keep that shit in a leftist city and keep the cancer contained.
The ad agency that worked on the North TX bid does a lot of work for my wife.

She was out to lunch with the president of the agency the other day and, for what it's worth and completely anecdotal, he doesn't think we're going to win.

His money is on Denver because of it's position as THE emerging tech hub as well as the geography and recreational opportunities afforded by the mountains and forests and all that.
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Old 18 January 2018, 12:30
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They have two huge warehouses just outside of Nashville. I used to order things standard delivery and theyd arrive the next day.

Nashville is turning into quite the progressive city so I wouldnt be surprised if they nailed it. We have no state income tax and have done well attracting business to the state.
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Old 18 January 2018, 12:36
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A couple of weeks ago I was reading the local Durham newspaper and it ran an article of what could or would happen if Raleigh was chosen to house the new HQ.

It stated that the Raleigh/Durham area does not have enough housing and could not meet nor build enough houses and apts to accommodate all the influx of workers.

Also, housing/rental could rise at least 1.5 to 2.0%.


I know I was talking with people at work and they were excited that Charlotte was (at one time) being considered.

Heck housing and taxes are outrageous in the Charlotte area to begin with and if Amazon came to town they would increase. I just could not figure it out.
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Old 18 January 2018, 12:38
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His money is on Denver because of it's position as THE emerging tech hub as well as the geography and recreational opportunities afforded by the mountains and forests and all that.
Don't forget the recreational cannabis.
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Old 18 January 2018, 13:02
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...It stated that the Raleigh/Durham area does not have enough housing and could not meet nor build enough houses and apts to accommodate all the influx of workers....
That would all depend on the amount of local people that are hired vs new people moving into the area.

"...as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. ..." That's a lot of jobs but the question becomes what do they consider high pay and what jobs are they talking about?

Somebody has to sweep and mop the floor.
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Old 18 January 2018, 13:09
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5,000 management will be moved in and up to 45k hired locally/regionally working 3 shifts for 15k each shift.


Just a guess.
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Old 18 January 2018, 13:32
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If by "locally" you mean H1B visa'd into the country from Mumbai, or other shithole, and living 10 to a studio apartment --- then yes I imagine that will be the case.
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Old 18 January 2018, 14:26
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Please God no where in Texas. Keep that shit in a leftist city and keep the cancer contained.
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Dallas is very high on the list dude.. Local news stories have been running daily here about this..
My money is on Austin if the lefties there are willing to give them tax breaks. They'll need tech talent and arguably Austin has more than Dallas with the Apple and Google presence there.
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Old 18 January 2018, 14:48
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There are rumors of a tech company trying to acquire land around the area I'm working at for. Complete with housing development area as well. Would require a BLM land exchange. Adobe or Google are the top companies thought of to be facilitating this. In order to bring one of their little bullshit "campuses" to the area.

All of these stupid idiots in the area think it's such a great idea and want it to occur. For the same stupid reason: "Omg they'll bring good paying jobs!". Fucking idiots. I've told them all that "If you're smart you'll want NOTHING to do with this at all.". The area is pretty conservative and I told them these companies will do nothing but bring in liberal rats from the west coast and silicon valley and turn this area into another Austin-like environment. I literally spell out what's going to happen, why it will fuck up their local city, why it'll be nothing but higher property taxes and localized inflation from rich liberal hipster shitbags, why it'll lead to their kids classrooms becoming 'californianized' ---- and I am getting nothing but blank stares and the SAME responses: "B-but......good j-jobs?". Like their brains cannot go against the FoxNews Conservitard programming. Fucking stupid robots. Like they need Shaun Hannity to tell them this stuff otherwise they won't listen. Idiots.
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Old 18 January 2018, 14:52
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^^ I agree. I'm sick of seeing Texas polluted with Yankee logic.
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Old 18 January 2018, 15:11
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My money is on Austin if the lefties there are willing to give them tax breaks. They'll need tech talent and arguably Austin has more than Dallas with the Apple and Google presence there.
My understanding is not only did Austin not make the final cut..

But that Amazon has already scoped out potential locations in Plano (Dallas suburb) for their HQ..
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Old 18 January 2018, 15:25
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Amazon has already scoped out potential locations in Plano (Dallas suburb) for their HQ..
I've heard the same thing from a buddy living in Melissa.
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My understanding is not only did Austin not make the final cut..

But that Amazon has already scoped out potential locations in Plano (Dallas suburb) for their HQ..
Austin made the final 20. Plano does have a hell of a lot of tech talent. Plano's business development along DNT is booming. Ever since State Farm and Toyota announced major investment in the area we've become strapped for housing. Apartments are going up everywhere. Housing too. If it lands here - I guarantee you the Metroplex will fill out along Preston and 75 all the way to Oklahomo.
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I figured Camden NJ would have been at the top?
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