As expected, Amazon snubbed the entirety of Connecticut. But, then again, do you blame them? Probably not since we are the land of tax and spend.
USA Today reports that Amazon rolled out their list of their top 20 finalists out of 238 cities.
Unsurprisingly, Connecticut’s biggest competitors (NYC and Boston) made the list. These cities became a real thorn in our side ever since they poached our largest businesses.
Our only consolation prize is that Aetna decided to do a heel turn on their promise to move to the Big Apple. Then again, NYC technically pulled the rug of promised tax breaks out from beneath their feet. Honestly, we felt very vindicated when that happened.
And, also, GE faces some revolutionary revenue problems. Their pension nightmare rivals and might even surpass ours. So, in the end, who won?
Well, since we didn’t win on Amazon’s coveted short list, it’s not us. It means we lose out on 50,000 new jobs and $5 billion in local investments. Bummer.
So, who are the big winners? Well, minus the fact that Chicago and Newark beat us because that’s downright embarrassing.
Then again, both fit the bill for what Amazon wants in a new location: a metro area with at least 1 million residents.
Connecticut’s entire population is 3.57 million. Bridgeport, the state’s biggest city, has a population of just above 145,000 people.
Still, Hartford’s metro area does meet Amazon’s population standards. But, they probably considered that Hartford had one of the largest population losses in the nation. So, our exodus problem definitely worked against us.
Tangent aside, here’s the list of all the cities that made Amazon’s shortlist:
- Columbus, Ohio
- Los Angeles
- Montgomery County, Md.
- New York City
- Northern Virginia
- Raleigh, N.C.
- Washington, D.C.
So, we want to take bets on which city will ultimately win the prize. Personally, I think Toronto and Boston have the best shot. But, I won’t rule out Austin either because of Texas’ lack of an income tax.
Which city do you think Amazon will ultimately choose?