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  1. Im assuming some of you are not able to read the WSJ article so I attached the Methodology for their analysis. The one thing this is not taking into consideration is Site and Time to Operations. Which can change the rankings. Again where is there 100 acres available and ready to build now in Boston? This is where I believe a southern State will win out. *Newark includes all of Northern New Jersey COLLEGE POPULATION: Percentage of population that is college educated. TECH LABOR FORCE: Total labor force in a tech occupation. Includes tech jobs not in the tech industry. FISCAL HEALTH: Cities are scored on metrics including ratio of general fund balance to expenditures; ratio of pension contributions to total government-wide revenues; change in unemployment rate in 2015; and change in property values in 2015. COST OF LIVING: Estimated cost of living for mid-management households by weighting different consumer expenditure categories. CULTURAL FIT: Sites that reflect "Cultural Community Fit" and "Community/Quality of Life" as outlined in the Amazon request-for-proposals. Strong universities, diverse population, recreational opportunities, and an overall high quality of life. Excludes government incentive packages. STATE TAX RANK: Rank of tax rates (including corporate, income and property-tax ranks). One is lowest tax state, 50 is highest tax state. Site/Building - A greenfield site of approximately 100 acres certified or pad ready. Capital and Operating Costs - A stable and business-friendly environment and tax structure will be high-priority. Incentives - land, site preparation, tax credits/exemptions, relocation grants, workforce grants, utility incentives/grants, permitting, and fee reductions Labor Force - Strong University system. Logistics – Travel time to an international airport with daily direct flights to Seattle, New York, San Francisco/Bay Area, and Washington, D.C. is also an important consideration. Time to Operations – To begin Construction as soon as possible Cultural Community Fit – a diverse population, strong higher-education system, and local government that is eager and willing to work with the company. Community/quality of life - The new headquarters should be in a place where people want to live.
  2. After reading this article I feel Nashville has lot going for them, ie better fit than the bigger Northern cities. Also I feel when people hear infrastructure they assume roads but that also includes connectivity (fiber network) and if you look at the actual RFP it mentions connectivity. Nashville has been mentioned in PC Mag as having a pretty good Broadband network. Key Preference and Decision Driver Site/Building - A greenfield site of approximately 100 acres certified or pad ready. (What northern city have this readily available? ) Capital and Operating Costs - A stable and business-friendly environment and tax structure will be high-priority. Incentives - land, site preparation, tax credits/exemptions, relocation grants, workforce grants, utility incentives/grants, permitting, and fee reductions Labor Force - Strong University system. Logistics – Travel time to an international airport with daily direct flights to Seattle, New York, San Francisco/Bay Area, and Washington, D.C. is also an important consideration. (BNA is getting there) Time to Operations – To begin Construction as soon as possible (What northern city have this can do this? ) Cultural Community Fit – a diverse population, strong higher-education system, and local government that is eager and willing to work with the company. Community/quality of life - The new headquarters should be in a place where people want to live. (It city!) Additional Information Connectivity - Ensuring optimal fiber connectivity is paramount at our HQ2 location
  3. I think River North would be a great place for Amazon HQ2 https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2017/09/07/amazon-solicits-bids-from-north-american-cities.html
  4. Bridgestone HQ 30 stories - 460' | Retail.U/C

    Taken by a friend. Thought they were worth posting here.
  5. Soccer in Nashville

    Still trying to find final numbers in Cleveland. But this was mentioned a few days ago.
  6. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    NHL on NBC took this pic
  7. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Game watch Game 4
  8. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    Took this around 4:45 while flying back from Denver today. Mayor Barry happen to be on this flight.
  9. Green Hills/Belle Meade Projects

    Don't know if this is the right forum but what is up with the white building? It looks like its falling apart.
  10. Oh man this reminds me of the American Dream mall in NJ! Great way to showcase Nashville river front.
  11. Project Thread/New Construction/Photo du jour/Const. CAMs

    More info on the AIG relocation and what they are looking for. http://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2017/02/01/insurance-giant-aig-eyes-dallas-area-office-atlanta-favored-deal
  12. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Well, I guess there is some validity to AIG interests as the previous CEO stated "He's warned employees against buying New York-area homes as he mulls shifting jobs to less expensive locations". http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130802/REAL_ESTATE/130809972/aig-to-move-headquarters-to-water-street
  13. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    That's not far fetched. Nashville did host the 15th annual Grammy awards in 1973 at the Tennessee theater!
  14. Nashville Bits and Pieces

    Nashville’s challenge: How to be a mythical place that moonlights as an ordinary city https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2017/02/07/nashvilles-challenge-how-to-be-a-mythical-place-that-moonlights-as-an-ordinary-city/?postshare=4981486489518172&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.6fab7e34759f
  15. This is very similar to what Boston is currently doing with their Seaport District. It was a dingy industrial area in South Boston which has transformed into a vibrant Live, Work and Play development on Boston Harbor. Boston has a master plan very much like this project and has taken them years to get to where they are now with more to develop. So I don't feel this will be ambitious for Nashville has long as we understand this will be a 20+ year project. Not many major cities in the South have a river that runs through it with prime undeveloped land! ttp://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/07/rise-seaport-district-boston/