LAI Baltimore Member Joe Nathanson’s Daily Record Column “Our region won the Amazon sweepstakes”

The results are in and it’s a split decision! After a process that took 14 months, Amazon has settled on the locations of its new headquarters in Greater Washington and New York City. Baltimore was one of 238 communities that entered the competition to host the new facilities, promoted as new administrative offices for 50,000 workers averaging $150,000 in annual salary. Amazon has certainly come a long way since starting in Seattle in 1994 as an online seller of books.

It came as no surprise that Baltimore’s bid failed to make the cut when the 20 finalists were announced earlier this year. The greater Baltimore region could have supplied the talent pipeline of technical and professional workers desired by Amazon. But, according to CityLab, an online site that “informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future,” it was always about transportation connections.

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