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Amazon Announces Top 20 Cities in Race for HQ2

by Ashlie Hand | Jan 18, 2018

Amazon has announced the 20 cities it will continue to evaluate for its HQ2 project but did not include the KC region. Here are some common factors we have identified for the cities selected:

  • 14 out of the 20 metros are East Coast time zone
  • 9 out of the 10 most populated metros made the list
  • 13 out of the 20 metros have nearly 5 million or more in population
  • Median rent in KC is $855, 16 out of the 20 metros have rent ≥ $1,000
  • Median home price in KC is $181,300, 16 out of the 20 metros have median house prices ≥ $224,000 and HALF of the metros have median home prices ≥ $300,000.
  • At least half of the metros on the list have had negative net migration over the past decade

This is only the beginning of our dialog with Amazon, and the opportunities we will have in the coming years to attract business and talent to the KC region.

The KC bid invited Amazon to partner with our region on a number of initiatives already underway and participate in the momentum driving our region’s growth. In 2017 alone, our region moved forward significantly to improve our infrastructure, positioning our market favorably for future large investment opportunities – including a new $1 billion airport terminal underway, the nation’s most comprehensive Smart City program and significant spec development across the metro.

The process gave us an additional opportunity to raise the KC region’s visibility on a national level – with articles in major news and tech media highlighting the merits of KC as a business and lifestyle destination.

Inc., "Hey Jeff Bezos: Take a look at these 5 dark horse cities for Amazon's next headquarters," appeared January 3, 2018

Mashable, “How three underdog cities are fighting for Amazon HQ2,” appeared November 23, 2017

Bloomberg, “Amazon second HQ bid ignites ‘sadistic’ frenzy across North America,” appeared October 12, 2017

Our bid was incredibly strong and we are already repackaging many of the elements of our Amazon HQ2 response as we compete for investment from other high profile clients in our pipeline. Our OneKC team is stronger for having gone through this response process and we are confident that the business case we established will win investment and jobs for our KC region in 2018.

In the end, the real value was the cohesive story we built and the collaborative spirit in which it came together. It was the largest regional response effort in more than 40 years, involving two states, many county and local community partners, and more than 200 private sector leaders. We remain committed to attracting major companies and talent to our region.

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