Amazon narrowed the list of cities where it plans to locate its second headquarters from 238 to 20. As I told the Philadelphia Business Journal, I am thrilled but not surprised.
Philadelphia has everything Amazon is looking for in its RFP. We are a major metro with the best location between New York and Washington, D.C. We have excellent rail, highway and airline transportation networks. We have an affordable housing supply and shovel-ready building space at the Navy Yard, Schuylkill Yards and uCity Square.
Perhaps most important to Amazon’s success, we have a pipeline of educated workers with more than 100 colleges and universities within a 50-mile radius of Philadelphia, including Penn, Jefferson, Drexel, Temple and Villanova. The region ranks second in bachelor’s degrees awarded per capita with several top-tier business infomatics, and engineering programs that can provide Amazon the skilled employees it demands.