Austin could emerge the winner in the nationwide beauty pageant to become the location for Amazon’s second headquarters – at least according to financial services firm Moody’s Analytics.
The Austin metro tied with the Atlanta metro area for first place in Moody’s overall ranking, but Austin got the edge “thanks to fast job growth, a dynamic tech economy, and the high incentives Texas offers businesses,” according to the rankings.
Perhaps amazingly to stressed out MoPac and Interstate 35 commuters, Austin’s transportation system wasn’t dinged too badly in the rankings – scoring higher than transportation systems in Atlanta and in Miami, which also made Moody’s Top 10 list of potential Amazon sites.
Meanwhile, Austin’s quality of life ranked second only to the New York metropolitan area among cities that made the Top 10.
Incentive proposals from cities interested in luring Amazon’s so-called “HQ2” are due Oct. 19, and the company has said it will name the winner next year. The giant facility would employ up to 50,000 people with average annual salaries of more than $100,000, Amazon has said.
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