In Amazon’s remarkable second headquarters competition, talent is the name of the game. That’s why we want to find out which city in the running for Amazon HQ2 has the best chances of attracting people like our talented GeekWire readers.
One of Amazon’s chief considerations in picking a location for its second headquarters is the ability to attract and retain the valuable tech workers who power the e-commerce giant’s business. Tech companies compete fiercely for a relatively small pool of skilled talent and Amazon wants to place HQ2 in a city that will help it gain a recruiting edge.
Last September, Amazon surprised the world with the announcement of HQ2, a second headquarters, equal to its first in Seattle, that would be constructed in another North American city. When completed, the $5 billion facility is expected to house up to 50,000 workers. In January, Amazon winnowed the field down to 20 cities.
Amazon’s request for proposals states a preference for “locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent.” That’s been a key consideration over the past few months as Amazon officials scouted each of the cities in the running. Amazon has reportedly finished visiting each of the 20 cities and plans to make its selection and announcement this year.
We know that many GeekWire readers are the creative and technical professionals Amazon hopes to attract so we want to hear from you. Which of the 20 cities in the running for HQ2 would you be most likely to move to? Complete the brief survey below and we’ll post the results on GeekWire later this week. If you’re having trouble with the poll, use this link.