Denver not a top-five choice for Amazon HQ2, despite breweries, Wall Street Journal says

It has been more than a month since the New York Times crowned Denver winner of Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes.

While the tech giant has been mulling 238 proposals it received from metropolitan areas across North America — including Denver — in response to its open call for sites for a future $5 billion, 50,000-employee second headquarters, the Mile High City has been slipping in the eyes of outside observers.

The Wall Street Journal published an analysis Tuesday that has Denver outside the top five for best fits for the Seattle-based e-commerce company’s second corporate HQ.

Using a weighted index of scores in six categories drawn from Amazon’s request for proposals –tech labor force, fiscal health, cost of living, college population, state tax rank and cultural fit — the Journal tabbed Denver the sixth best fit for the company.

Denver falls behind the Journal’s top pick Dallas, which earned high marks for having a very manageable cost of living and for being in a state with no income tax. Boston, with its large college population and strong fiscal health, came in second. Washington D.C. and Atlanta tied for third and Chicago landed at No. 4. Denver ranked No. 5 but there were five other cities in front of it.

Denver’s reputation for being a great place to drink beer helped it stay in the hunt. The Journal’s analysis noted, “Denver has a strong cultural fit, with the most craft breweries per capita among these cities.”

Denver, along with Atlanta and Chicago were rated “most Seattle-like,” though the article made no mention of legal pot, a feature of both Washington and Colorado

Denver scored poorly when it came to available tech labor force and local college population.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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