The list of cities on Amazon's search for headquarters number two? They listed the cities today....the final twenty: Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, Dallas, TX, Denver, CO Indianapolis, IN Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, Montgomery County, MD, Nashville, TN Newark, NJ, New York City, NY, Northern Virginia, VA, Philadelphia, PA Pittsburgh, PA, Raleigh, NC Toronto, ON, Washington D.C.
I looked at the list and just laughed over about ten of the names.
Chicago? Murder capital of the US?
LA? It's not a technology-driven region and property would be outrageous.
Miami? Real estate and pay issues would make this a no-go.
Montgomery County, MD, DC, Northern Virginia? All of this represents high-cost real estate and would impact greatly on the pay-level you'd have to give out to employees.
NY City? Why would go and sign up for the enormous pay-scale required?
Philly, Newark, Atlanta, and Boston? All have a hefty real estate situation.
The three places which I would think would be ranked near number one?
1. Nashville. If you drove twelve miles outside of Nashville....you'd find tons of real estate with a reasonable price tag. Toss in the interstate routes hitting the city, and the major airport as a positive. Pleasant 365 days out of the year.
2. Toronto. Ok, weather sucks for four months out of the year. But real estate would be reasonable and they've got a major airport. The Canadian government would literally bend over backwards to get this as well.
3. Finally, I come to Austin. A premier airport, pleasant weather for the most part, and a major university nearby.
The shocker to me is if they get crazy here and actually put this Washington, DC. I can't imagine any idiot being this crazy and putting it there, but to be honest, none of the suggested name really excite me.