September 11 // Port Covington is the right fit for Amazon HQ2

Amazon laid out very specific criteria for the new, second headquarters campus it’s looking to build somewhere in North America, and dozens of cities are no doubt preparing pitches about why they present the ideal mix of talent, transportation access, quality of life amenities and so on to meet the company’s requirements. But there’s one big one that’s been overlooked in much of the coverage, and that’s speed. Amazon wants metro areas to submit proposals by Oct. 19 and expects to make a decision next year — an astonishingly fast timeline for a project of this size. It wants to know what a city and state can commit to now in terms of available sites, infrastructure, tax incentives and more. On that front, Baltimore has a huge advantage. (Balt. Sun)

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