Amazon is openly looking for a home for its second headquarters, and a report from Bloomberg on Tuesday says a few executives are pushing for Boston. That push is originating from “a few senior” Amazon officials, Bloomberg’s Spencer Soper reports. The executives apparently like that Boston is close to renowned schools like MIT and Harvard and has nonstop flights to Seattle and Washington, D.C. Plus, the city has lower typical cost for basic items than enormous urban cities. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was energetic a week ago about Amazon’s inquiry, tweeting that it was “an incredible opportunity.”
The five urban areas that are also in the running are Denver, Chicago, Phoenix, Minneapolis and Detroit. While Amazon was deliberately dubious about its criteria, it’s clear the company has a few specific requirements. It needs more than one million individuals; the capacity to “draw in and hold strong technical talent,” including a solid college framework; a social fit for Amazon, including a diverse populace; practical nearby travel framework; and a universal airplane terminal with daily flights to Seattle, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
In CNBC’s investigation of where Amazon may put its new HQ, Boston was positioned fifth. Amazon says its new central headquarters will cost $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs over the next 15 to 17 years. The city is likewise close to an air terminal, one of Amazon’s different necessities, as well as public transport. Boston has its own train line, but Amtrak is also available for simple access the upper Eastern Seaboard.
This doesn’t mean Boston will win out, but it sounds like a few executives trust that it is the place Amazon will end up. Amazon has responded to the report on Twitter saying, “Bloomberg is incorrect – there are no frontrunners at this point. We’re just getting started and every city is on equal playing field.”