Amazon Announced its Top 20 Finalists for HQ2 and Why You Should Care

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ve probably heard that Amazon is shopping for HQ2 - the home of their second headquarters.

In September they put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to North American Cities searching for:

  • A metro with more than 1 million people
  • A stable and business-friendly environment
  • Urban or suburban locations attractive to technical talent
  • An international airport within 45 minutes with direct flights to key cities
  • Close to freeways
  • High capacity connectivity (fiber optic and cellular)
  • Access to large, educated labor force
  • Attractive community and quality of life for employees
  • Access to mass transit to the new site
  • "Scale and creativity" in real estate options.

They received 238 proposals from cities vying to become Amazon’s second corporate home.  The phenomenal interest was not surprising.

It’s a HUGE prize - Amazon is projecting 50,000 jobs with an average annual salary of $100,000.  To do the...

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