Cities are making their cases to become Amazon’s second headquarters, as you’ve probably read. Moody's Analytics had some suggestions for the e-commerce giant and suggests 10 cities for locating the new headquarters, which has the potential for 50,000 well-paying jobs and a $5 billion investment.
Moody’s results were based on five "broad" categories: business environment, human capital, cost, quality of life, and transportation. A sixth criterion, geography, was also considered to "rank cities based on regional and geographic factors that Amazon might be taking into account," Moody's noted.
For the record, “well-paying jobs” means around $100,000 annually.
Some of the obvious metropolitan areas in the running include Boston and Philadelphia and, not quite so obvious: Rochester. Yeah, our nearby Rochester is number four.
The efforts to lure the tech giant to town have been both big and creative, from sending a giant cactus to CEO Jeff Bezos to offering big tax breaks. A Georgia town even said it would de-annex some of its land and name it the city of Amazon.
With a slight stretch…alright, a giant leap…Greater Jasper could be part of that hub. Here’s a suggestion: Chamber execs, send Amazon’s chief Jeff Bazos a $100 gift certificate from Red’s Road Kill Diner. Let the multi-billionaire learn what quality of life can really mean.
Cities and regional economic development organizations have been invited to submit proposals, due by October 19. Amazon has detailed a list of preferences, such as a suburban or urban area with more than 1 million people and a place that will attract technical talent.
A-E calculates that even Buffalo-Rochester-Toronto has about the same chance of getting the site as Greater Jasper: 50,000 to one, multiple billions to one.
Cities and regional economic development organizations have been invited to submit proposals, but they were due Oct. 19. Amazon has detailed a list of preferences, such as a suburban or urban area with more than 1 million people and a place that will attract technical talent.
"We're energized by the response from cities across North America who have expressed interest in hosting Amazon HQ2. We invited cities to think big and we are starting to see their creativity," Amazon spokesman Adam Sedo said.
Caustic culinary comments from correspondent-classmate Pat
“A-E’s column about road kill for restaurants wasn’t surprising coming from someone who eats haggis and thinks poutine is food.” (Editor’s note: haggis is a savory Scottish pudding containing sheep's pluck [heart, liver and lungs] minced with onions, suet and spices traditionally encased in the animal's stomach. Poutine is a carbohydrate mountain of French fries topped with brown gravy and curd cheese that’s popular throughout Canada)
Follow-up Organ Donor Pleas
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano has included the appeal for organ donors in several presentations during recent years. TIME magazine reported about a Philadelphia man who accepted a new heart with the deadly virus hepatitis C. “Each year,” according to the article, “about 1,000 hearts are discarded because of an infection.” Rather than “becoming one of 20 Americans to die every day awaiting a traditional transplant,” physicians realize that Hep C is curable 98 percent of the time.
The Philadelphia man now breathes easier and handles some physical activity. “There was no fear in the decision,” he said. “It was going to save my life and could save more lives every year.”
Welcome to New Granddaughter Elly
This enthusiastic greeting for Elly Thelma is from her Grandpa, Dr. John, and A-E. She’s almost two months old and the pride of her Grandpa’s eye. Although Elly lives hundreds of miles away, Grandpa enthuses that with Skype and Email, he’ll have lots of chances to watch her grow.
For the record, her first name isn’t exactly Elly but that’s the abbreviated nickname that she’ll have at least until she’s nominated to run for President or command the 22nd American shuttle to Mars.
A-E ’s weakly column comes from the den of his Canisteo hut, where he keeps pictures of his great-grandson Kaiden who lives in Greece (the one on Lake Ontario not the Mediterranean).