When Amazon announced in September its plans to build a second North American headquarters, cities across the continent scrambled to put their location in the running. In all, Amazon received 238 proposals from cities vying for the e-commerce giant’s $5 billion investment and promise to create 50,000 high-paying jobs. Those staggering numbers have the potential to forever change a community, but some areas and states don’t see the appeal.
Here are a few pros and cons of locating a project of this magnitude:
Other states, such as Vermont, Wyoming, and the Dakotas, chose not to respond to Amazon’s RFP simply because they couldn’t meet the requirements outlined within it (i.e. urban area with over 1 million in population, access to mass transit, close proximity to major highways and an international airport, acreage, etc.). While locating Amazon’s new headquarters may not be every city’s cup of tea, I’m sure everyone will be anxiously awaiting their decision in 2018.
Best of luck if your city is one of the 238 being considered!