Most Fortune 500 companies have a headquarter in which they call home. The location acts as a centralized place in which the office and the people in it embody the company as a culture. It is there that decisions are made, plans to take over the world are developed, and where they threw a birthday party last week for Deb. Morgan Stanley has the Big Apple, Live Nation has Beverly Hills and Amazon has Seattle. And now, it looks like the latter will soon have another.
Looking for Love in a New City
The announcement of the Amazon search has sent cities into a tailspin. Amazon is the bachelorette and the mayors are the poor contestants all vying for her love. And, it is not without reason, Amazon’s love comes with the creation of 50,000 jobs and $5 billon in investment funds.
So it seems that they’re hard at work putting on the ritz. After all, no courtship is complete without an extravagant romantic gesture. Cities have been pouring their love into catchy videos peppered with cold hard statistics of low-cost living and great transportation. Talk about sexy. Danbury, Connecticut created the, “Danbury Difference” video and even Tucson, Arizona sent a 21-foot cactus, according to the NY Times. According to the same report, Amazon doesn’t have an extensive set of requirements except proximity to an airport and walkability.
And The Final Rose Goes to…
New York is a great contender through the Economic Development Corporation according to Sourcing Journal Online. Also the sheer population will be to the cities advantage. The most populous city in the nation would be able to fill the 50,000 new jobs easier than most. In addition, they were already set to expand their fulfillment center in Staten Island. Not surprisingly so, Amazon’s first love Seattle isn’t willing to go down without a fight. They have been hard at work attempting to convince Jeff Bezo’s that home is where the heart is. And also where the convenience is.
So who will be final runner? Only time will tell, but some metropolitan areas have more of a chance than others. Whether or not you will be affected by the Amazon move to a city near you, we can all at least sit back, grab the popcorn and watch each city attempt to woo the largest online marketplace into a move of a lifetime. This really is a 21st century romance.