The Amazon Spheres in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)
A ploy. A farce. A PR stunt.
Amazon is taking it on the chin this week following reports that it altered course, settling on not one, but two locations — Crystal City in northern Virginia and Long Island City in Queens, New York — for its so-called HQ2 project.
For economic development operatives in the 18 other cities which reportedly didn’t make the cut — from glitzy L.A. to Jeff Bezos’ hometown of Miami to the cheesesteak capital of the world Philadelphia— losing this ballyhooed HQ sweepstakes could be viewed as an unfortunate missed opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime change to land one of the world’s most important tech companies.
A juggernaut by every metric imaginable, Amazon alone could cement a region as a tech hub on the scale of Seattle or Silicon Valley, the proponents say.
But let me offer a bit of homespun Seattle advice. Take a deep breath, and now slowly exhale with a sigh of relief. Count your blessings.
You are going to be OK, if you lost this competition. In fact, your city may have won.
As Boston Globe correspondent Scott Kirsner put it — responding to the latest HQ2 plot twist …read more