Fintech Epicenter Atlanta Tops List for Amazon Headquarters, Per One Analyst

Atlanta

OK, ya got your sports talk/betting and ya got your bull/bear market opinion betting (oh, it is) and ya got your political party betting AND NOW………….city handicapping. WHAT? Place your bets on which one of 20 cities will get the new Amazon headquarters. Its BIG. It will change the economic landscape of a community (or sprawl). Here’s some thoughts on “the top five” picks. Even though FintekNews is based in Atlanta, we don’t think its a good choice for Amazon. Got tons of reasons, but Amazon would be better somewhere else (if you are listening). AND, it has absolutely nothing with our big bet on Fargo, North Dakota.  And, of course this story is appearing in FintekNews BECAUSE Amazon is heavily vested in fintech through its Amazon Pay directive AND Atlanta is a worldwide epicenter for the payments ecosystem.
(Bill Taylor/Founding Editor)


  • “GBH Insights predicts five cities out of the new list of 20 candidates have a better chance to get Amazon’s second headquarters project.
  • “This will be a crucial decision for Amazon and ultimately change the future landscape and economic trajectory of the city that is awarded HQ2 for decades to come,” the firm’s analyst writes.

With Amazon narrowing its list of potential cities for its second headquarters last week, one Wall Street technology analyst believes he knows which of the remaining candidates have the inside track for the economically game-changing project.

GBH Insights’ Daniel Ives predicts five cities out of the new list of 20 candidates have a better chance to get Amazon’s second headquarters than the rest.

Amazon announced Thursday it narrowed the list of potential sites for its second headquarters to 20 locations.

“We believe the top 5 likely cities for Amazon’s second headquarters/HQ2 in order will be: 1. Atlanta, 2. Raleigh, 3. Washington D.C., 4. Boston, and 5. Austin (only non-East Coast city in our Top 5),” Ives wrote in a note to clients Sunday. “While any of the other 15 cities on the list (with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia most likely) are clearly possible locations for HQ2, we ultimately believe these 5 cities appear to be the most viable candidates given all the competing factors.”…”


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