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FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, an Amazon employee gives her dog a biscuit as the pair head into a company building, where dogs are welcome, in Seattle. Amazon announced Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, that it has narrowed its hunt for a second headquarters to 20 locations, concentrated among cities in the U.S. East and Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, keeping the company’s international options open. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Experts have weighed in on where they expect to see Amazon build its new headquarters after the retail company released a shortlist of locations.
Atlanta seems to be the frontrunner, according to Mashable.
Last week, Amazon released a shortlist of potential sites for its second headquarters, revealing 20 locations across the United States for the $5 billion, 5,000-job project. Amazon originally announced it would build a second headquarters in September 2017. No Utah cities were among those selected on the shortlist.
Demographic expert Bert Sperling said in November 2017 that he expected Atlanta to be the host of the new headquarters, according to Mashable. He slightly walked back on that idea once the shortlist came out last week, saying that it’s hard to ignore big cities like New York City, Boston and Miami.
However, he still sees Atlanta as a city with “good affordability and plenty of space,” making it a prime option, Mashable reported.
Meanwhile, Daniel Ives, head of technology research at GBH Insights, put Atlanta at the top of his list, ranking ahead of Raleigh, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Boston and Austin, Texas.
“We’re big believers that a big East Coast presence is…