The Washington Post things that Washington DC has a good shot at Amazon HQ2. And in fairness, they are not lying as several regions are included in that Capital area. Three out of twenty of the finalist spots are owned by regions in the Capital Area. Greater Washington has one of the nation’s best-educated workforces, diverse population, international airports and public transit.
Richard Florida thinks that Amazon’s eyes are on D.C. Of course, he was also behind an article on CNN which he points out the disturbing side of the whole process.
He says that the historical lack of cooperation among the District, Maryland and Virginia threaten the region’s bid. Cost of living is also a factor that doesn’t help the DC region. Greater Washington is the only metropolitan area in the North America-wide competition with three locations to make the cut. Several areas have 2 regions left including New York State and Boston. The Dublin based Paddy Power betting bookmaker has odds for Montgomery County at 8-1, DC at 10-1 and Northern Virginia at 20-1.
The sites for the locations, not confirmed are the following:
Montgomery – White Flint, Maryland. North Bethesda, Maryland.
Northern Virginia – A plot near Dulles International Airport, Crystal City/Potomac Yard, 2 sites in Prince William County – Potomac Shores and Innovation Park.
Washington D.C – Anacostia Riverfront, NoMa-Union Station, Hill East and Shaw-Howard University.
It seems that even while three finalists are from this region a single site with all of the efforts behind it might have been a better pitch.