Can Delaware Val. Become Next Home to Amazon HQ?
Earlier today, it was announced that Amazon received 238 proposals from cities to be the home to their new headquarters. Among that number are two local cities: Philadelphia and Bristol Township. Bristol is offering just below 300 acres of land for them to build on that is currently owned by Dow Chemical Company, who is looking to sell. Living so close to both towns, I might be a little biased but ultimately feel that either one would make a great fit for the new HQ. Here are some of the requirements:
- Metropolitan area with more than 1 million people
- Strong labor force with expertise in computer software development and engineering, executive management, legal, and accounting
- Access to mass transportation (airport, railroad, highways)
Do you think that the Delaware Valley is a good location for the next Amazon HQ? Do you foresee any infrastructural issues?
The company is expected to make its announcement in 2018. Whichever city becomes home to the new HQ can expect at least 50,000 newly-created jobs, and that’s not even considering the several thousand jobs created for the construction of the new facility.
I know most of us in this section are seniors, do you think the competition for skill jobs would be competitive? Do you think Temple and the other Philadelphia universities are create enough of a talent pool to compete in the race?