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Sorry, Harrisburg. Atlanta seen as best shot at landing Amazon's new HQ

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This rendering, prepared for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, shows what an Amazon.com campus on the former Harrisburg State Hospital site could look like, chamber officials said. The rendering was created as part of the agency's proposal to the online retailer to build its HQ2 in Dauphin County.
This rendering, prepared for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, shows what an Amazon.com campus on the former Harrisburg State Hospital site could look like, chamber officials said. The rendering was created as part of the agency's proposal to the online retailer to build its HQ2 in Dauphin County. - (Photo / )

A new "super study" has mashed up nearly 20 predictions of where Amazon will put its second headquarters to come up with a new ranking of the top landing spots for the e-commerce giant.

Sperling's BestPlaces, a website designed to help users find out where they should move, averaged rankings from 18 sources to create a top 64 ranking.

Atlanta tops the list as the likeliest destination for Amazon's HQ2, according to Sperling's. Boston was No. 2 followed by Chicago.

Harrisburg's proposal didn't make the 64-city cut.

However, Philadelphia is No. 4 and Pittsburgh is No. 11.

Amazon's proposed $5 billion investment and the promise of 50,000 new jobs will likely impact housing and workforce across a large region, so Central Pennsylvania could still benefit if either Pennsylvania city is selected. 

Regardless of where Amazon goes, the midstate could continue to benefit from a warehouse and distribution standpoint because of its robust highway system. Amazon already has multiple facilities in the Harrisburg area.

The Sperling's ranking puts Baltimore at No. 21. Here's the full spreadsheet.

The Wall Street Journal has pegged Dallas as the top city for HQ2.

Amazon has said it expects to make a final decision in 2018.

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JS November 21, 2017 10:45 am

I always felt like the Amazon bid was a very long shot anyhow, but as has been pointed out, the very act of pulling this proposal together has huge benefits in terms of assessing the resources in the area and getting people to work together.

There are a lot of other great things going on in Harrisburg; lots of "good stuff" in the new Comprehensive Plan, Harrisburg U just announced a new tower, and there is talk of overhauling Market Square and the nearby transportation hub.

Andy November 20, 2017 2:05 am

I wouldn't mind getting the service contractor for those new buildings :D

Andy, Owner
Guelph Electrician

Village Elder November 18, 2017 3:37 pm

It is not likely that any labor-intensive employer would locate in a non-right to work state such as PA when they could locate in a much more employer-friendly state such as GA.

Joe November 17, 2017 1:18 pm

This is sad but it definitely makes since from Amazon's perspective. Think about Atlanta being one of the world's central hub for things like travel and shipping. Harrisburg even being considered was a huge step in the right direction. Good article.

Joe Mickey,
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