Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Amazon will not locate its second office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Reported in Milwaukee would face challenges in bid for Amazon's second headquarters.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/11/2017)

Related reading:
Dear Amazon, We Picked Your New Headquarters for You.  (The New York Times, 9/9/2017)

What Amazon is looking for:
  1. Metro area population of 1,000,000+ (Milwaukee is one of 52)
  2. Strong job growth in addition to 1 mil pop.  (The list is reduced to 25, Milwaukee not included)
  3. Right labor pool, one that is large and growing.  (14 cities:  Boston, New York, Washington, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, Austin, Dallas, Indianapolis, Denver, San Jose, San Francisco, Portland OR)
  4. Also have a high quality of life (9 cities:  Boston, Washington, Raleigh, Atlanta, Miami, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Portland
  5. Also places where workers can easily get around and out of town (4 cities:  Boston, Washington, Denver, Portland)
  6. Has space and willing to pay to play.  (And the winner is:  Denver)
Milwaukee will have to settle for the residual effects of Foxconn.

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