WSJ re­port: Hub trails only Dal­las in Ama­zon bid­ding

Boston Herald - - BIZSM@RT - By OWEN BOSS ­—­owen.boss@boston­her­ald.com

Bos­ton is sec­ond only to Dal­las in its mis­sion to land Ama­zon’s 8-mil­lion­square-foot sec­ond head­quar­ters, ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis of the bid of­fers from ma­jor North Amer­i­can ci­ties based on the Seat­tle e-com­merce gi­ant’s de­sired cri­te­ria.

The Wall Street Jour­nal re­port “used Ama­zon’s cri­te­ria, in­ter­views with site-se­lec­tion ex­perts and peo­ple fa­mil­iar with Ama­zon’s think­ing” to rank Bos­ton’s bid be­hind Dal­las and ahead of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., not­ing Bos­ton’s “great sports bar scene and a mil­len­nial pop­u­la­tion that has grown about 9 per­cent since 2012.”

Ama­zon re­ceived 238 pro­pos­als from through­out the U.S., Canada and Mex­ico for its $5 bil­lion sec­ond head­quar­ters with up to 50,000 jobs. Bos­ton’s bid calls for nearly $1 bil­lion in state and fed­eral trans­porta­tion im­prove­ments to make East Bos­ton’s Suf­folk Downs a suit­able site for the sprawl­ing cam­pus.

It touts Bos­ton’s world­class uni­ver­si­ties, tech com­pa­nies and highly trained work­force. It also of­fers the city as a po­ten­tial test­ing ground for Ama­zon projects such as drone de­liv­er­ies.

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