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The Battle of Amazon

(Last Updated On: November 21, 2017)

For the past several months, hundreds of cities across America have been submitting bids to the Amazon to garner interest to become the e-commerce giant’s second home; the company is said to have received 238 proposals.

Now winding down to the final decision of where Amazon’s second headquarters will be located.  Today the city of Atlanta finds itself on top of a short list of only 10 major metropolis areas:

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Boston, MA
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Washington, D.C.
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Dallas, TX
  7. Philadelphia, PA
  8. Denver, CO
  9. New York City
  10. Raleigh, NC

What are some things that make the city of Atlanta attractive to Amazon to make them a build second headquarters here?   Besides us… Being the home to Art, Trade & Lifestyle Digital Media Group (a joke… just a joke 😉).  There are several,  The first is location.

Amazon was founded and headquartered on the west coast in the city of Seattle, Washington.  Not only is it common sense to have a second “headquarters” for a behemoth of a company on two separate coasts, but it’ll be better for business practices.

Atlanta is home to the most traveled airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  The airport serves U.S. destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries.  Averaging 275,000 passengers a day, and almost2,500 arrivals and departures.

The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport alone is a greater commodity than what any other competing city can provide.  It will serve as a welcome to many potential clients and business clients from all over the world for Amazon.

Over the past decade, metro Atlanta has had a number of growing vibrant attractions for everyone of every family to enjoy: Atlantic Station, Centennial Park, World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Civil Rights History Museum, College Football Hall Of Fame, Lenox Mall, Philips Plaza, Six Flags, Stone Mountain Park, Piedmont Park and more.

The cost of living is also so much cheaper than the majority of the locations that Atlanta is competing against.  For $250k you can buy 3 or 4-bedroom home with at least a half of acre of land.  $250k would only probably be able to buy you a small studio in other competing cities such as: New York City, Denver, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston and Chicago.

Atlanta’s Fortune 500 community has been recognized as one of the largest corporate communities in the nation.  Here are they are listed and their particular Fortune 500 ranking:

1. No. 23 Home Depot
2. No. 46 UPS
3. No. 64 Coca-Cola
4. No. 71 Delta Air Lines
5. No. 126 Aflac
6. No. 145 Southern
7. No. 180 Genuine Parts
8. No. 242 First Data
9. No. 303 SunTrust Bank
10. No. 311 Mohawk Industries
11. No. 331 Veritiv
12. No. 353 PulteGroup
13. No. 364 HD Supply Holdings
14. No. 370 AGCO
15. No. 409 NCR
16. No. 410 Asbury Automotive Group
17. No. 437 Intercontinental Exchange

Can you see Amazon being added to these group of names?

 

And finally… Education.

Amazon will have a very diverse pool of educated students to choose from to help manage and operate their “FUTURE” Atlanta based headquarters:

  1. Georgia State University
  2. Clayton State University
  3. Morehouse College
  4. Spelman College
  5. Clark-Atlanta University
  6. Southern Polytech
  7. Emory University
  8. Kennesaw State University
  9. University of West Georgia
  10. Agnes Scott College
  11. University of Georgia at Athens
  12. GeorgiaTech

And more….

Amazon will have a lot to gain by making the city Atlanta it’s second corporate headquarters.  Not only will it be investing billions in the local economy if it chooses Atlanta, but Atlanta will be investing some of the world’s top resources to make the company feel at home.

About Miles J. Edwards

Founder of A.T.L. Webmag. Belvedere Park resident and downtown Atlanta enthusiast.

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