This past September, Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters to complement its existing Seattle location. Since then, cities across North America have been scrambling to draw the attention of the tech giant in hopes that they’d become the chosen location for HQ2. By the time submissions closed in mid-October, Amazon had received more than 200 proposals from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
With Amazon investing $5 billion in new construction and filling the campus with 50,000 employees, its presence will be a major boon for one fortunate city. Many speculators believe the company will stay domestic, so we asked members of the Forbes Agency Council which U.S. location makes the most sense for Amazon to build its second home in and why. Here’s what they had to say.
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1. Detroit, Michigan
As a Chicago resident, I should be pulling for my hometown in this race, but I think Detroit is the right choice. It would be a much-needed economic boost for Detroit and a PR coup for Amazon. The land is cheap and available. The transportation infrastructure is currently underutilized. And the labor is ready, willing and able. – Justin Daab, Magnani Continuum Marketing
2. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is the perfect choice for its world-leading airport, highly educated workforce, low cost of living and great weather. Additionally, Atlanta has a strong economic climate and many global leading firms have headquarters here. Geographically, Atlanta balances Seattle/HQ1 and it has existing key Amazon division headquarters. In short, it provides the perfect complement to Seattle. – Simms Jenkins, BrightWave – North America’s Leading Email Marketing Agency
3. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston has the talent pool that Amazon needs. With a large number of universities and broad diversity nearby, there is an international pool of talent to draw from. There is also lots of office space available within 30 miles of Boston where housing is less expensive than downtown when Amazon needs to expand. They could develop an entire campus in the greater Boston area with easy access. – Lisa Allocca, Red Javelin Communications
4. Austin, Texas
Austin is a powerhouse in technology, offering a wide pool of qualified workers, both from the local and strong university system as well as transplants from around the world. Austin is also the headquarters of the newly acquired Whole Foods chain, which brings Amazon to a completely new vertical that is likely to grow stronger from here. Other points include low cost of living, culture, etc. – Ricardo Casas, Fahrenheit Marketing
5. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Establishing a second headquarters in Pittsburgh would give Amazon their East Coast representation. Pittsburgh not only has a lower cost of living but is a hotbed of high-end graduate schools that Amazon could then easily pluck from. Pittsburgh is already on the map, but this would be a big win for that city. – Aidan Cole, nTuitive.social
6. Washington, D.C.
Amazon has had a larger presence in our Nation’s Capitol, protecting its interests in front of Congress over the past couple years. As Amazon continues to grow, there will ultimately be more regulatory eyeballs thrust upon them. Therefore, establishing a new HQ within the Beltway would enable Amazon to be proactive in building the relationships needed to protect their business interests. – Matt Anthes, SociallyMined
7. Chicago, Illinois
I’m rooting for Chicago to win the bid for Amazon HQ2, not just because I’m a resident, but because it truly is a world-class city. Chicago is full of culture, iconic architecture, amazing eats, and the hardest-working people you’ll ever meet. Chicago has proposed 10 different sites for Amazon to build their new home. We’re a growing hub for tech sitting right in the middle of the country. – Solomon Thimothy, OneIMS
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