We have all heard the numbers, $5 billion dollars, and 50,000 new jobs. It has enticed 238 cities and regions around North America to put together proposals luring the economic giant. Greater MSP has a lot going for them in the selection process. They are worthy cities for development, innovation, and industry. The transportation system is great, constantly improving and could meet the demands the Amazon HQ2 would bring. They are also home to 17 Fortune 500 companies in diverse industries.
Proposed locations include Minneapolis both in Downtown and the Northloop, the former Ford plant site in St. Paul and an undisclosed location in Maple Grove. All of these places provide Outstanding opportunities for Amazon. The Twin Cities rank high in national reviews of best places to live. The cost of living to average salary makes the area very affordable. The Twin Cities also has great schools. Our lowest performing schools are doing better than many acceptable schools nationwide.
Combined with our quality educational system, we enjoy a top ranked “quality of life” measured through a number of criteria. Our parks and trails provide easy access to outdoor enjoyment. Minneapolis is consistently ranked the most “bike friendly” city in the country and St. Paul is following closely behind. Mass transit is becoming a new-found strength for the area and current approved plans will only make it better in the years to come.
The Minnesota’s economy was built on people who value education and the outdoors. This has not changed over the years and Minnesotan’s still value these strengths. This focus will continue to provide a strong workforce that is well-educated with a passion for the environment. This could be an attractive opportunity for Minnesota. We believe it is an even better opportunity for Amazon.