Who wants Amazon the most? Here's how residents in Denver and other HQ2 cities respondedApr 18, 2018, 9:27am
By Jeff Jeffrey
National Digital Producer, The Business Journals
Residents of Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis appear willing to do whatever it takes to win Amazon’s second North American headquarters. Their cousins in Denver, Austin and Boston? Not so much.
The Business Journals for the first time has partnered with Elon University in North Carolina to conduct an online poll in all 19 of the U.S. regions that, along with the Canadian city of Toronto, remain in the running for Amazon’s “HQ2.” The survey was conducted from March 30 through April 3 and was designed to gauge each city’s enthusiasm — and willingness to make sacrifices —to land the Seattle-based company’s eye-popping $5 billion proposal to develop a new campus for up to 50,000-employees.
While the majority of the survey’s 7,397 respondents voiced general support for the project, disparities abound. For example, some cities proved more sensitive than others to HQ2’s potential effects on traffic, and there was broad disagreement as to whether local small businesses will benefit, or be hurt, by the move. Many offered full-throated support in favor of special tax and financial incentives, while majorities elsewhere said they are obliged to tell the company to take nothing and like it.
In Los Angeles, for example, 21 percent of respondents said the city should offer “as much as possible” to land Amazon’s HQ2 — the highest percentage in the country. Compare that to places like Austin where just 8 percent thought landing HQ2 was worth offering huge incentives to the company.
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