Amazon searching for second HQ

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby JBmidtown » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:37 pm

chingon wrote:Abstaining from participation in the amazon con-game/ad campaign is the only response that would demonstrate vision.


Completely agreed.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby earthling » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:43 am

KC one of five 'dark horse' candidates for HQ2 according to Inc. Magazine...
https://www.inc.com/zoe-henry/5-dark-ho ... n-hq2.html

It overstates that KC has an international airport, which is likely not broad enough for their requirements.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby DaveKCMO » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:10 pm

a lot of overstating on this topic.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby tower » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:28 pm

earthling wrote: It overstates that KC has an international airport, which is likely not broad enough for their requirements.


Its pretty indicative of our standing in the competition, which is that we really just satisfy the basic requirements of the RFP, but we're affordable.

Sacramento and KC were included in that list in case they are just checking the boxes and then optimizing for cost, like linear programming. With that methodology, we stand a chance. Otherwise, no way.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby brewcrew1000 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:13 pm

I'd be kind of shocked if they did not choose Atlanta now, lots of reports about an Amazon lobbyist going to Georgia, a few gambling sites have them as a clear favorite, i also think they have a lot of the gov't is willing to give them.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby earthling » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:16 pm

Would think ATL in top 3 anyway. Would think they release a short list before finalizing a decision. Austin makes a lot of top 5 lists but they don't have many international flights either, though they do have one regular to Europe and another seasonal. Austin's tech employment is high per capita but not hugely higher than KC in raw numbers, and KC/AUS about the same in STEM jobs overall. KC much cheaper overall as Austin getting fairly expensive to live/operate. But no, not thinking KC has a shot.

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Re: Amazon searching for second HQ

Postby flyingember » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:58 pm

tower wrote:
earthling wrote: It overstates that KC has an international airport, which is likely not broad enough for their requirements.


Its pretty indicative of our standing in the competition, which is that we really just satisfy the basic requirements of the RFP, but we're affordable.

Sacramento and KC were included in that list in case they are just checking the boxes and then optimizing for cost, like linear programming. With that methodology, we stand a chance. Otherwise, no way.

Not specific to one large company, but a lot of our gains in jobs probably comes because of affordability.

Look at the business owner's view. One online affordability calculator says KC vs San Francisco, pay is ~15% less but COL is ~45% less.

So they can move and make their same pay rate and do a lot more with it, like buy an equally nice home, pay less in property taxes and travel more.
For their employees they can pay slightly less and pocket the difference, or pay more than average and have their pick of the best.


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