See what cities made the top 25 in Amazon HQ2 study

Sunday, 05 November 2017, 09:41:28 PM. The study looked at access to public transportation, business and living costs, technology and professional labor force concentrations, quality of living amenities, access to higher learning and business taxes.
Real estate research firm Reis has projected what it thinks are the top 25 cities in America capable of providing a good home to Amazon's second headquarters. In a new study, Reis looks at various criteria: access to public transportation,  business and living costs, technology and professional labor force concentrations, quality of living amenities, access to higher learning and business taxes. Cities were also assigned scores based on national averages, which means certain cities would get points due to a particular concentration in the city's area. For example, some cities would score better for mass transit than museums, while others would get marks for skilled workforce. The top 10 cities are: 1. New York City 2. San Francisco 3. Washington, D.C.4. Seattle 5. San Jose, Calif.6. Suburban Virginia (around the D.C. area) 7. New Orleans 8. Boston 9. Rochester, N.Y.10. Chicago Southern cities placing inside the next 15 were Raleigh-Durham at 23, Richmond at 24 and Chattanooga at 25. Birmingham did not place within the top 25 of Reis' analysis. The list does buck certain analysts, who placed Atlanta high among contenders, and discounted New York City's chances. However, Reis cautions the location decision "could come down to factors not listed in this analysis." Among those could be tax incentives, "immeasurable" features or aspects such as access to skiing or the ocean. "Or the decision could be based on whether or not the decision maker owns a newspaper in the city," the...Read more
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