What wouldn’t the cities of the Triad have done to lure the $5 billion Amazon HQ? We met three of the four criteria — more than a million residents, an international airport within 45 minutes and a stable business climate. But despite 11 area colleges and universities, we fell short on the “highly educated workforce” requirement as Guilford and Forsyth’s college-education rate is about one-third, right about at the national average which be definition is unexceptional.
This week, Amazon whittled the list of 238 applicant cities down to 20, and we are not on it.
Anyway, yay Raleigh!
02. Austin, Texas
05. Columbus, Ohio
09. Los Angeles
11. Montgomery County, Md.
12. Nashville, Tenn.
13. Newark, NJ
14. New York City
15. Northern Virginia
20. Washington, DC
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