Amazon HQ2 Considerations

By Richard Nelson

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May 23, 2018

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Amazon is looking to build its second headquarters in the U.S. and has narrowed down its search to 20 cities. It's a highly competitive process as Amazon seeks to invest $5 Billion and hire 50,000 employees, and most are high paying jobs. Amazon is ranking the cities by business-friendliness, strong transportation infrastructure, a highly educated workforce, quality of life and cultural fit. But now an outside group called No Gay/No Way is imposing another requirement. They want Amazon to only locate in states that have special laws to protect LGBT rights. Of the 20 cities in competition, only 9 have such laws. Whether the imposition is a good idea or not is one that only Amazon can answer and we'll find out which city is the winner later this year.

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