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Old Posted Sep 13, 2017, 7:25 PM
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Will this new ranking help? Maybe, maybe not...

http://www.blogto.com/city/2017/09/t...centres-world/

I think this one might be more relevant to Amazon?

http://www.blogto.com/tech/2017/09/t...lling-problem/
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Old Posted Sep 13, 2017, 7:26 PM
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My bet is that they will end up in the Charlotte area.
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Old Posted Sep 13, 2017, 7:32 PM
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Montreal won't get it.

Montreal has the urbanity, universities, educated labour force, transit, low Hydro rtes, low housing costs to check all the boxes. The problem is that this huge head office will require far more skilled workers than Montreal can offer and having it in a French speaking city would make finding talent far too difficult if not impossible. This is added to the fact that Trudeau is a surprisingly small airport for a city the size of Montreal and it has very limited connection destinations.

Ottawa won't get it as I think it is simply too small, has no rail to the airport, and it's airport is small. Italso doesn't have the advnced high tech schools that Amazon needs.

Timmins has a better chance than Calgary or Vancouver.
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The HQ will be staying in the US

The only reason the RFP was opened up to Canada was to show the cost advantages to locate in Canada and thereby put additional pressure on the US jurisdictions vying for it.

Toronto and Vancouver will still come out as major Amazon employment hubs as both cities will likely be home to 5,000+ employees over the next 5-7 years.
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The HQ will be staying in the US

The only reason the RFP was opened up to Canada was to show the cost advantages to locate in Canada and thereby put additional pressure on the US jurisdictions vying for it.

Toronto and Vancouver will still come out as major Amazon employment hubs as both cities will likely be home to 5,000+ employees over the next 5-7 years.
Maybe but it was a bit of long shot that Toronto was to going be the first RMB Hub in the Western Hemisphere and that happened, so this is not an impossibility.

http://www.tfsa.ca/renminbi/canada-rmb-hub/
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Montreal won't get it.

Montreal has the urbanity, universities, educated labour force, transit, low Hydro rtes, low housing costs to check all the boxes. The problem is that this huge head office will require far more skilled workers than Montreal can offer and having it in a French speaking city would make finding talent far too difficult if not impossible. This is added to the fact that Trudeau is a surprisingly small airport for a city the size of Montreal and it has very limited connection destinations.

Ottawa won't get it as I think it is simply too small, has no rail to the airport, and it's airport is small. Italso doesn't have the advnced high tech schools that Amazon needs.

Timmins has a better chance than Calgary or Vancouver.
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Huh-larious.
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I guess this is the end of Toronto's bid:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/amaz...dies-1.4290560
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I'd wait.....the article suggests otherwise in both directions.
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Canadian cities has a slim chance of winning it in the first place. Coming out and saying there are 0 financial incentives being offered more or less kills this.
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Exactly! Now that ON has ruled out any subsidies I'd say the chances have diminished greatly. US cities are going to writing cheques by the billions to get Amazon in their city, plus with their lower hydro costs and political blowback from Trump if the US doesn't get it..... I doubt Canada really ever had a chance in the first place.
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This Amazon bidding thing, I find it highly embarrassing. Embarrassing for the cities who are doing the race-to-the-bottom / corporate welfare olympics that we are witnessing.

The fact that some smaller locals like Calgary or Halifax and even Montreal are even trying is quaint, but also kind of sad. I understand these cities are in a precarious position: bid for HQ2 and fight an inevitable defeat. Don't bid, and you will seem apathetic and unambitious.

Amazon is playing a dick game.
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This Amazon bidding thing, I find it highly embarrassing. Embarrassing for the cities who are doing the race-to-the-bottom / corporate welfare olympics that we are witnessing.

The fact that some smaller locals like Calgary or Halifax and even Montreal are even trying is quaint, but also kind of sad. I understand these cities are in a precarious position: bid for HQ2 and fight an inevitable defeat. Don't bid, and you will seem apathetic and unambitious.

Amazon is playing a dick game.
maybe they participate in the bidding game just by default. by doing so, they force other cities to pay more than they should. like the TV show, Storage Wars lol
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Seattle and Vancouver tech and civic leaders are getting together during the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference held in Seattle to help further connections between the two cities.
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Looks like Windsor is going to try to join Detroit in its bid for the HQ2. Mayor Drew Dilkens has been in discussions with billionaire Dan Gilbert to have Windsor become part of the bid. Interesting, but I'm not sure how that would work!

http://windsorstar.com/news/local-ne...-for-amazon-hq
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Likewise, the Region of Waterloo is apparently supporting Toronto's bid, but I have no idea what that means in concrete terms.
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Likewise, the Region of Waterloo is apparently supporting Toronto's bid, but I have no idea what that means in concrete terms.
That isn't too surprising, given the proximity and the strengthening ties between the areas.

I wonder if the joint/supported bid will mention "High Speed rail" anywhere as a bullet point/positive?
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Amazon is playing a dick game.
Methinks the guys contracted to build the new HQ already have their hammers and chisels ready.
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So there was a good discussion about this move on the CBC radio this morning.

Amazon is looking at adding mostly engineering staff. But are having an issue recruiting to the Seattle region for a number of issues. Housing cost and 47 are 2 of the problems.

What they need is a business central location, Access to mass transit and room in the central business location to build the facility. Housing prices have to be low and taxes relatively low.
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