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Old 18 January 2018, 16:48
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Chicago media started out their newscast this morning by saying that Chicago made the "short list". Until they narrow down the contenders to the final 3, I don't want to hear about any short lists.

Like the Olympics, Chicago will get shut out. Austin sounds like it would be a good location, but basically it will come down to which city allows Amazon to squeeze the most incentives out of them.
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Old 18 January 2018, 17:33
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Keep that liberal Bezos out of Arizona
Like a damn plague, and of course he just donated 30+ million for the illegals they call "dreamers"
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Old 18 January 2018, 17:45
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If it goes to Montgomery Co Maryland they can be represented by the Honorable Chelsea Manning when it becomes a senator.
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Old 18 January 2018, 18:08
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If it goes to Montgomery Co Maryland they can be represented by the Honorable Chelsea Manning when it becomes a senator.
I see what you did there...



My bet is Denver.
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Old 18 January 2018, 18:30
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But Denver is a shithole, and who wants that...
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Old 18 January 2018, 18:55
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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:



And the link to the story.
That was my first thought on seeing the list. Like, LOL, that Amazon would ever put an HQ there. It would be a shit show.

I love how the "short list" is like pretty much every major city in the country.

Here's to Raleigh making the cut! Jack the value of my house up even more!

But we likely won't get it because we have no public transpo
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Old 18 January 2018, 19:03
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I figure it will be one of the beltway locations. All the tax incentives in the world are useless if you don't maintain a presence on the DC cocktail circuit.
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Old 18 January 2018, 19:12
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I figure it will be one of the beltway locations. All the tax incentives in the world are useless if you don't maintain a presence on the DC cocktail circuit.
Probably cheaper to just pay a lobbyists...

Land and taxes are through the roof, why do it in VA or MD?
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Old 18 January 2018, 19:23
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Probably cheaper to just pay a lobbyists...

Land and taxes are through the roof, why do it in VA or MD?
TRW did it, moving from the Cleveland, Ohio area to the beltway. It may not make sense to us, but there must be a certain allure that only proximity to the swamp can provide.
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Old 18 January 2018, 20:01
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Boston’s in the top 20. I hope we get it. It should be ramping up around the time I want to sell my house and GTFO of here. ������
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Old 18 January 2018, 21:44
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Keep those fuckheads out of Atlanta. We have too much traffic already.
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Old 18 January 2018, 22:01
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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.
There is a distribution center in San Marcos too.
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Old 18 January 2018, 22:12
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We have a fairly new(about 2yrs old) Amazon warehouse behind our plant. We were worried about acquiring workers before it opened. Well, it increased our through-the-door applicants substantially. Their reason was overworked and underpaid.
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Old 18 January 2018, 22:14
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There is a distribution center in San Marcos too.
That's the one I'm referring to in my post above. I believe they just raised their hourly wage by $2/hour to meet their staffing issues.

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Old 18 January 2018, 22:22
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We have a fairly new(about 2yrs old) Amazon warehouse behind our plant. We were worried about acquiring workers before it opened. Well, it increased our through-the-door applicants substantially. Their reason was overworked and underpaid.
Amazon built a warehouse where I live probably 5 years ago. I've heard some horror stories. Their turnover rate is enormous.

LOL at Miami making the list. I don't see it happening. Barely any public transpo, housing/rental prices are already through the roof. My cousin was paying $1500/month with a roommate a year or so ago. She has since moved into her own place, but I dunno what she is paying for rent.

I bet Denver will get it.
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Old 19 January 2018, 03:15
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I used to work for Amazon in the early days, before they literally took over Seattle.

This reminds me of being in Milwaukee in 2003 for Harley-Davidson’s 100th party.

The headliner for the main event concert was kept a secret.

I had a drunk Miller VP(they were co-sponsoring it) say, “don’t tell anyone, but the headliner is Bruce Spingsteen.”

A Harley-Davidson staffer eating at the next table in a Milwaukee pizza shop told me, “It’s the Rolling Stones.”

And finally an event coordinator for the event told me, “It’s U2, Bono’s already here.”

You know who it was?

Elton Fucking John.

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If I had to guess it would be:

Atlanta
Northern Virginia
Raleigh
Montgomery County, Maryland

These aren’t going to be Ops/Logistics jobs so it doesn’t have to be near a logistics hub like Nashville(which is where we put a few of the first distribution centres after the initial Seattle/Delaware facilities).

But it does need to be near a major airport, or preferably major airportS.

I’d also say the following factors will play heavily:

Relative proximity to Washington DC, without being IN DC. “Non market activity” otherwise called lobbying is a critical function in major businesses now.

Weather/climate

Low/medium density...high density is out.

Secure/Classified Amazon Web Services is growing(most profits are from AWS) so proximity to relevant users matters.

Chicago would be chaos.
Toronto would be treason.
Ohio is out, talent will NOT live there. Might as well say Detroit.
NYC, Boston, Newark are already too dense and expensive.

Here’s one for the Socnet community to consider:

Are there any large .MIL bases(particularly airbases at risk of closing/declining utility) that are in reasonable proximity to these cities?

You can build a lot of buildings on old air bases(like former Willow Grove AB redeveloped into big box retail already in suburban Philly).

A more tech related version of mixed development would be Moffett Field:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moff...deral_Airfield

Amazon has a decent sized research facility there(as well as many big name tech companies).

But in short, I wouldn’t have a clue, just an equally useless guess.
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Old 19 January 2018, 05:21
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Hopefully Philly. My district alone has plenty of abandoned factory space to build up. Would prob help my own houses value as well.
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Old 19 January 2018, 06:16
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http://www.wlfi.com/content/news/Wha...470060503.html

Local article on impact of moved to Indianapolis. Great airport, pro-business with regards to taxes, etc. Indianapolis is a pretty nice city, and two large Universities within an hour to pull talent from as the article states. Who knows? But Indy has had tremendous growth over the last decade and much infrastructure built. Libshits do not like VP Mike Pence (and I still think he is lacking a spine ) but he did really make Indiana boom economically and use to live it how we advertised to bring businesses in from Illinois, which many did (of course a lot of Chicagos worthless class came down also). A lot of international investment/business in Indiana also these days, and I am sure Indy would welcome the boom Amazon would bring. Amazon also has used Purdue University here for its first campus staffed hub.

http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/relea...at-purdue.html
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Bezos own the Washington Post and has a mansion there.

I’m betting DC, Montgomery Co or NoVa.
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Bezos own the Washington Post and has a mansion there.

I’m betting DC, Montgomery Co or NoVa.
I agree. Maybe Ft Myers or Bolling AFB are up for sale...
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