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Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Amazon's HQ2 in Boston? New study says odds are good

Amazon's HQ2 in Boston? New study says odds are good

Last month, Amazon posted a request for proposals from cities wanting to host what the company calls its second North American headquarters.

In order for the City of Amazon to be created, the DeKalb legislative delegation will be asked to propose the de-annexation of a portion of Stonecrest during the 2018 or 2019 session of the General Assembly.

As cities around the country compete with each other to lure Amazon's second headquarters, lawmakers in a Georgia city are offering to rename their town "Amazon" if the company opens a new headquarters there.

The authorities in the city not only offered Amazon, but even the municipal council voted 4-2 that it could accept a change in its name if the company actually decides to build a headquarter there.

Amazon's specs call for a 175-acre site near an global airport and public transport with a high quality of living for employees. But the city has also seen skyrocketing housing costs and an increase in homelessness as well as more traffic congestion as transportation improvements fail to keep up with demand.

But beyond the theatrics, Amazon is looking for a metro area with a population over one million, a community that is business friendly, outstanding transportation, good internet and excellent higher education.

"On its own, we wouldn't meet the requirements, but as a region, as part of the New England Knowledge corridor, we would meet all the requirements", said Springfield's City Council President, Orlando Ramos.

Stonecrest officials reportedly plan to submit an official bid to Amazon before the October 19 deadline so only time will tell if a city named after his pride and joy is enough to sway Bezos. The company wants to build in a metropolitan area with one million residents where it can employ 50,000 people, but Stonecrest and its environs only have about 53,000 residents in total.

The business consultant group gave New York City the top score.

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