Amazon HQ2 speculation in week 53 was dominated by Jeff Bezos’ appearance at the Economics Club of Washington D.C. on Thursday.
So much so that the company said in advance there would be no announcement of where Amazon plans to spend $5 billion on a second headquarters to house 50,000 new hires over the next decade. And he stuck to that plan, not giving in to an overflow audience, and repeating that the announcement would still be made this year.
One thing Bezos isn’t is predictable.
Everyone who thinks Amazon is putting its second headquarters in Washington D.C. may be projecting too much. Who would have picked Seattle in 1994? Bezos was already living in New York City — which then and still now — is considered a book publishing world capital. He went to Seattle, he said, because the largest book warehouse was there and Microsoft was there. It was a concentration of volumes of existing books and technology talent.
What’s he looking for now? His economic development staff outlined a list of things a year ago such as 1 million in population and sites near public transportation, etc. That’s how Dallas and Austin landed on a list of 20 finalists out of 238 submissions.