Amazon Seriously Considering Boston for 2nd Headquarters


Amazon's announcement last week that it is looking for a home for a second headquarters campus sent major cities across the USA into competition mode to prepare the sweetest proposal ahead of the company's October 19 deadline.

"Boston is being considered for its proximity to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an airport with nonstop flights to Seattle and Washington, D.C., and a lower cost of living than many other big cities", Soper writes.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wasn't shy about voicing his support for Amazon setting up shop in the city.

Earlier this month, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that the Seattle-based company is on the hunt for another US city to be home to a second Amazon head office. Amazon wants a city of at least 1 million residents.

The Observer reported last week that Charlotte is expected to submit a proposal to be home to the e-commerce giant's new North American headquarters, which could add up to 50,000 high-paying jobs. Politicians around the country and in Canada eagerly expressed interest.

"Cities hoping to attract Amazon's "HQ2" need look no farther than Seattle to understand what kind of transformation can take place", says Jeff Shulman, an associate professor in the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, in Seattle.

Even though some Amazon executives favor Boston, the search means the company can consider other locations and tax deals if the MA city doesn't offer favorable conditions, the person said. Whole Foods, the company's new stake in the grocery market, is based in Austin. The city's housing crunch, and broader Bay Area cost of living and traffic congestion, are years ahead of Seattle's budding, big-city problems.