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Cities: Courting Amazon? Show them the numbers!

Sep. 21, 2017

After Amazon invited bids for a second headquarters location, city leaders across the country started brainstorming ways to attract the e-commerce giant.

What do cities need to get noticed? Tax breaks and infrastructure investments are likely inclusions for most headquarters hopefuls. In this courtship, Amazon requires suitors to meet some basic standards in order to be considered with any seriousness. Must-haves include:

  • – A metropolitan area with more than 1 million people
  • – An international airport
  • – A stable, strong, business-friendly environment
  • – Urban or suburban locations that will attract and retain strong technical talent
Technology Jobs within Top 35 MSA’s v2_Fixed (1)

This map shows the current number and growth of tech job openings in the 35 U.S. cities that have more than 1,000,000 people in their civilian labor force. The size of the circle indicates how many tech jobs are open and the color indicates if that number has increased or decreased in the past six months. Interestingly, we found more tech openings in Washington, D.C. than in Seattle right now.

Job Duration_Fixed (1)

What does this tell us? Typical technology cities like San Francisco and Seattle are taking longer than other cities to fill their tech job openings. Other cities such as Dallas, Philadelphia and Baltimore are growing in number of tech jobs open and are filling those positions more quickly than other cities. As Amazon looks for massive hiring potential at their new location, these numbers are important.

Cities that use data points like these in their bids could certainly skew Amazon’s decision. With the must-haves met, the city with the most creative, promising, and generous package of “extras” will succeed in courting Amazon to the altar. It will be interesting to see which cities get a date, and which one will ultimately hear “I do.”

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