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  1. Amazon HQ2

    I still bet Atlanta but now with 3 choice metro DC choices I believe it will be Northern Virginia
  2. Now 4 cranes at Legacy 2 on the tower and 2 on the next block for the parking garage.
  3. Carolina Panthers

    does anyone know anything about this $2.7 million permitted press box being built at BofA Stadium? just saw it in the Business Journal building permits posted today but I am sure it from the last month or so.
  4. Charlotte area "ring cities"

    from the Business Journal subscriber article "" The first phase of the proposed Corporate Realty project — the five-story, 280-unit apartment building, along with a parking deck adjacent to the planned ballpark and entertainment venue — would be complete by spring 2020."" this is great to have some new residents living in the downtown and I do believe this is the ring city to watch in the coming years with the plan for the new ballpark and the NC Research Campus gaining some steam now. https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/01/19/kannapolis-downtown-redevelopment-may-get-300m.html?ana=e_du_prem&s=article_du&ed=2018-01-19&u=oAaDx%2B74FoP4qOJ%2By4AU6dhJPpc&t=1516403600&j=79536431
  5. 509 South Tryon | Possible Duke Energy Tower

    The crazy thing it is probably a cost saving move as Duke owns the land and was going to get CK to build them a tower which they would own. Owning real estate is much cheaper in the long run of course. However Duke is the company everyone wants to hate on (and I know the reasons why) despite this area having below national average rates. Go down to SC and see how much higher you pay it is crazy.
  6. Amazon HQ2

    at least Apple's search is not going to be this free for all and they already have a short list. From Austin Business Journal: ""Apple Inc. wants to create a new corporate campus that will house thousands of employees, but it won't follow Amazon.com Inc.'s highly public HQ2 approach, according to media reports. Reuters reports Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) won't hold a bidding process for its new campus. The company on Jan. 17 announced its campus plans as part of its efforts to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years. The company said it will create 20,000 new jobs, spread out between the new campus and existing facilities. “We’ve narrowed the list a lot,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said, Reuters reports. “We wanted to narrow it so we prevent this auction kind of process that we want to stay out of.” According to ABC News, Apple does not plan to create the new campus in California or Texas. The company already has more than 6,000 employees in Austin, its largest office outside its headquarters of Cupertino, California."" Hopefully Charlotte is one of the cities they will take a look at. Their process is the more normal economic development process. Maybe this thread can be change to the Apple Amazon thread.
  7. Austin Economy/Culture/Growth/Whatever

    So what is the local view of whether Austin will win Amazon HQ2? What do you think your chances are really? I still think Amazon has a much shorter list they are working from but by creating a shorter list the incentive race will go nuclear. How do you feel about Dallas's chances?
  8. Congrats being on the "list". But what do you really think of your chances given this so called short list? I think Amazon internally has a shorter list in reality. They have 3 metro DC choices, 2 metro NY choices. I still think it will go to an Atlanta or Northern VA (which is why suburban Montgomery County MD was also picked) because VA will have to up the ante in incentives. Not sure what the District of Columbia can do in that regard. Given the fact Bezos owns a home there and the Washington Post leads me to believe he wants to go to the DC area and that is why he chose 3 localities in the metro area. I would not discount Atlanta either. There has not been an economic development project handled like this in decades so it is somewhat unpredictable. Miami and Los Angeles? come on neither is practical for many reasons.
  9. Amazon HQ2

    ^^ amazon's search was so UNconventional in the economic development world I don't think it will have any affect that suddenly people will think oh Charlotte did not make so lets cross them off. I am telling you we will now be players for companies considering some of these 20 cities that do not want to compete with Amazon for talent in their market. anyway here is my roundup from Business Journals across the country about this and look at how they are thinking they have the IN with amazon. Amazon expects to make a final decision sometime this year, said Holly Sullivan, an executive in Amazon's public policy division. [An interesting side note: From 1999 to 2012, Sullivan (then Holly Sears) worked in planning and economic development for Wilson County and then Rutherford County, before heading to the East Coast.] NASHVILLE Business Journal Of the 20 cities highlighted in Amazon's shortlist, which includes Nashville, 16 are east of the Mississippi River, and seven of those locations are clustered in and around a short radius of roughly 300 miles stemming from the nation's capital. No surprise, Washington, D.C., also happens to be a fast-emerging power center for Amazon's founding father: Jeff Bezos. NASHVILLE Business Journal About 900 are already working out of an office at The Domain in North Austin, working on diverse projects from Amazon Web Services to the Amazon.com website, Amazon Business, sales, the Alexa intelligent personal assistant and more. AUSTIN Business Journal home of Whole Foods that amazon bought of course. That starts with the premise that the HQ2 project should now be a North Carolina effort – not just the Triangle. TRIANGLE Business Journal First, we need to enlist the leaders of the state's largest public companies – Brian Moynihan of Bank of America, Kelly King of BB&T, Robert Niblock of Lowe's Companies and Lynn Good of Duke Energy – to play an active role as we embark on our recruitment pitch in the second round. These executives cannot just lend us their names – they need to be in as many meetings as possible to help the state. If North Carolina lands the Amazon project, everyone benefits. TRIANGLE Business Journal And the local universities – cited in virtually every report that lists the Triangle as a contender – are another big draw. “North Carolina scored high in all areas,” he says. While CNBC ranked Nashville, Tennessee – which also made the shortlist – second, a closer look at the data shows that, when it came to just talent, they had a failing grade, he notes. TRIANGLE Business Journal Greater Washington has three finalists on the short list of 20? Or, as MarketWatch.com noted, 15 percent of the finalists slots? WASHINGTON Business Journal Holly Sullivan of Amazon.com Inc.’s Public Policy office is quoted prominently in the HQ2 short list release, the official announcement that 20 North American communities have a shot at the company’s second headquarters. The list includes Montgomery County, where Sullivan's name may ring familiar. Now head of worldwide economic development at Amazon Public Policy, she previously held the role of president of the Montgomery Business Development Corp. WASHINGTON Business Journal Jerry Gordon, CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, said he expects Amazon to narrow down the list to just a handful over the summer, and if Fairfax is still on the list and D.C. and Montgomery are not, he would expect them to help craft a bid stressing the region's strengths. He said he would do the same if the situation were reversed. But Victor Hoskins, director of Arlington Economic Development, sounded a more collaborative tone. "No other region in the county got three selections, we are the only cluster, so what this illustrates to me is that our region is powerfully valuable to the future of Amazon," he said. "The way that we’re viewing this, the greatest opportunity is how do we sell this region to Amazon? How do we cooperatively work and at the same time compete?" WASHINGTON Business Journal Brian Leary, president of commercial and mixed use at Crescent Communities, expressed similar sentiments. He said he was disappointed, but not surprised, that Charlotte was left off the list. "Sending 22 different options, spreading it thin across the board, I’m not so sure that was a really strong approach," he said. He added, though, that he doesn't know much about the local bid and whether that might have impacted Charlotte's chances. "How are we positioning ourselves to be competitive day in and day out?" Leary said. "It’s not just when we’re chasing the big whale. Companies are following talent and people. If we can win hearts and minds of talented people and their friends, and this is a place where people want to go ... we are going to win things like this future." CHARLOTTE Business Journal Now lets go after Apples new office and they have a $1 billion investment just 40 miles away in Maiden which might help Charlotte's chances who knows.
  10. Triad Business Notes

    Construction roundup in all 3 major Triad cities from downtown Winston, to Greensboro to High Point. https://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2018/01/18/crane-watch-update-the-triads-top-construction.html?ana=e_ae_set1&s=article_du&ed=2018-01-18&u=oAaDx%2B74FoP4qOJ%2By4AU6dhJPpc&t=1516318321&j=79528481
  11. Amazon HQ2

    I have said all along I didnt think this was Charlotte's to have. However I certainly don't think Nashville, Miami or Raleigh will get it either. (and after extensive trips to Nashville and Raleigh as much as I love country music I would choose Raleigh any day to live and work) Now since some of regional peers like Atlanta, Raleigh and Nashville are on the list then Charlotte go after any business with gusto that is considering them and say this> Do you really want to compete with Amazon for talent and compete for office space etc.? I think you will see some major announcements forth coming in Charlotte while these other cities chase a windmill. Only one city will be chosen and I can not see any metro area smaller than Seattle getting it so that leaves Atlanta, Dallas, DC, Boston etc. Charlotte needs to be the best city we can be and look at our city in the last 20 years and not a nary a Amazon job just warehouse jobs. Lets go after Alliance Bernstein, BMW NJ headquarters, Campbell Soup would bought Synder Lance and lets go after Wells Fargo. All those states are much higher taxes and cost of living than we. I am not one bit worried after the future of Charlotte not one iota.
  12. The Good News Report

    People vote many times with their feet and they are moving to NC in droves 8th highest migration. https://taxfoundation.org/americans-move-2017/?mc_cid=177a588566&mc_eid=a45fbf5289 This is based on inbound domestic migration. SC is #7.
  13. Independence Corridor

    I guess an abandoned 7 story building is better than some large signage on top of an existing building. Don't understand the opposition to that or the possible new building on the site. https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/01/18/high-profile-redevelopment-in-east-charlotte-faces.html?ana=e_me_set1&s=newsletter&ed=2018-01-18&u=oAaDx%2B74FoP4qOJ%2By4AU6dhJPpc&t=1516289066&j=79525591
  14. Amazon HQ2

    ^^^ In terms of Austin I read their city will not offer any incentives other than what the state of Texas would do. I agree some of the smaller metros could be a ruse to get more dollars out of the true top 5 list.
  15. Amazon HQ2

    My niece goes to school there. I am guessing it is the general live music scene (which remember Seattle has though Nashville's is completely different) and it is fast growing. They do have Vanderbilt, Belmont Univ. etc but I really think it is the music industry. The traffic is worse than Charlotte and their $8 Billion transit plan has yet to be voted on. Remember only 1 out of the 20 will get it and others will be going after them possibly to the detriment of other relocation prospects. That is where Charlotte can swoop in.