Amazon has a long list of benchmarks before any city can be considered for its new headquarters. The metro area must have a population that exceeds 1 million. Any prospective location must have on site mass transit, be within 45 minutes of an international airport and have immediate access to a major highway or arterial road. Amazon also wants prospective cities to have a vibrant student population and excellent educational institutions. A number of metros in Texas meet Amazons guidelines, but Dallas and Austin stand out among the crowd as the most likely locations for Amazons new headquarters in the state.
Dallas has a number of distinct advantages among Texas cities in the competition for the new Amazon headquarters. The Dallas Regional Chamber and the Mayor have already taken concrete steps and are already scouting locations for the proposed headquarters. Only San Francisco exceeds Dallas in terms of high tech talent. The University of North Texas at Denton is already a major recruitment base for Amazon, offering the nation’s only digital retail degree. Dallas talent base, low-cost of living and excellent infrastructure are sure to be positive factors Amazon will consider before it makes its decision.
Austin is also on the short list of candidates for the new headquarters. The city offers a burgeoning student population, with more than 425,000 college students residing in the immediate area. Other tech-giants have found the region favorable. Apple, Google, Facebook and Samsung already have established their offices in the city. Amazon may consider the proximity to Whole-Foods Headquarters as the biggest attraction for building its new headquarters in Austin. Amazon just bought the grocery chain and the opportunity to have two headquarters in one city makes Austin very likely to win the bidding war for the new headquarters.
Apart from Dallas and Austin, other Texas cities are throwing their hats in the ring. 10 Amazon fulfillment centers, with 10,000 employees are located in the Fort-Worth Area. The cities recent airport expansion enables cargo transport to Asia, a real benefit Amazon may consider. Houston has also expressed interest in the new headquarters. Houston has plenty of centrally located and vacant office space available. But the city, even with a significant student population, doesn’t have a strong tech-scene when compared to Dallas. San Antonio is also making a bid, but the city may not have sufficient space downtown and the airport lacks some of the capacity Amazon has requested.
Cities in Texas of course want the prestige of being chosen for the new Amazon Headquarters, as well as the potential economic benefits Amazon promises. But Texas isn’t the only state or area being considered. Cities in Texas are still in competition with potentially more prestigious cities like San Francisco, Boston or New York. Amazon executives have already put Boston at the top of the list, according to Bloomberg. However Boston and other densely populated cities may be too expensive for many low level Amazon employees. Texas and cities like Austin and Dallas stand out due to their low cost of living and their business friendly environments.
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