Experts have weighed in on where they expect to see Amazon build its new headquarters after the retail company released a shortlist of locations.
Atlanta seems to be the frontrunner, according to Mashable.
Last week, Amazon released a shortlist of potential sites for its second headquarters, revealing 20 locations across the United States for the $5 billion, 5,000-job project. Amazon originally announced it would build a second headquarters in September 2017. No Utah cities were among those selected on the shortlist.
Demographic expert Bert Sperling said in November 2017 that he expected Atlanta to be the host of the new headquarters, according to Mashable. He slightly walked back on that idea once the shortlist came out last week, saying that it’s hard to ignore big cities like New York City, Boston and Miami.
However, he still sees Atlanta as a city with "good affordability and plenty of space," making it a prime option, Mashable reported.
Meanwhile, Daniel Ives, head of technology research at GBH Insights, put Atlanta at the top of his list, ranking ahead of Raleigh, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Boston and Austin, Texas.
"We're big believers that a big East Coast presence is something that Bezos has been looking to get and the second HQ gets him there," Ives said, according to CNBC.
Ives said Atlanta tops the list because it is on the East Coast, has a thriving student pipeline and includes a transportation hub, among other factors
Funny enough, a small community in Stonecrest, Georgia, said it would repurpose 345 acres of its land to be renamed Amazon. The city is about 25 miles east of Atlanta.
But, according to CNN, New York and Washington, D.C., appear to be the frontrunners since "three separate areas in the Greater Washington area made the shortlist: DC itself, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. And two communities in Greater New York did so as well, New York City and Newark."
Meanwhile, a New York Times report from September 2017 argued that Denver was the top choice thanks to its affordability, student pipeline and already-growing tech sector.