CNBC: Miami One Of Best Cities In Nation For Amazon HQ2

CNBC has ranked every one of the 20 remaining finalists for Amazon’s HQ2, and Miami is near the top of the list.

The network gave Miami a B+ rating. The breakdown includes an A+ for talent, B+ for location, B+ for stability, and C+ for talent.

The ranking is ahead of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Only Austin and Dallas were ranked higher by the network.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez was interviewed, and he reiterated that he thinks Miami has a very good chance. The reasons he cited:

  • Miami is a major transportation and logistics hub
  • Miami International Airport is the #1 airport in America for international cargo
  • PortMiami is one of only three on the eastern seaboard that can handle Post-Panamax ships
  • Miami is ranked number 1 by number of startups, according to a study
  • Art, culture, weather, lifestyle and a beautiful landscape

A decision is expected before the end of the year.

 

67 Comments
most voted
newest oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami will be fine with or without Amazon.

Anonymous
2 years ago

every city on the list be

Anonymous
2 years ago

To continue to grow and compete against Alibaba, Amazon must AGGRESSIVELY expand internationally. Latin America’s fast growing e-commerce market is an obvious target. The raison d’être for a second Amazon headquarters is likely expansion into Latin America. Otherwise Amazon would just expand its Seattle headquarters or open up several more domestic hubs. Amazon’s executives are too shrewd to admit the LAtAm/HQ2 link because they would lose much of their negotiating leverage. Miami is the Capital of the Americas/the Gateway to the Americas. If Amazon wants to be in the best position to win the Latin American market, then HQ2 will have area code 305.

suomynona
2 years ago

Not that you’re the first to say this, but this is a good point. It certainly helps Miami out more than the others in terms of Latin America.

Also, the grade for “talent” is laughable. The talent comes to you. Some of the best and brightest in Latin America and the US would move to Miami to work for Amazon. And the universities in South Florida and across the State would obviously start turning out more Tech grads if the job prospects were there in the region.

I see it as essentially a non-issue.

suomynona
2 years ago

It’s not like all of the however many thousands of employees will be filled by locals in ANY of the HW2 locations.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or they may want to focus on Europe

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami is good for that also!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Speculation at its finest and Bezos is just sitting back pitting all the cities against eachother to extract the maximum benefits for himself and Amazon. Would undoubtedly bring great jobs but at what cost?

suomynona
2 years ago

Well, if the City, County and State offered Amazon $1B in incentives, would it not be worth it to lure them?

There are reports out there that Amazon HQ2 could bring as much as $17B in economic impact, PER YEAR. To me, that is taxpayer dollars well spent. That’s a tremendous ROI.

It’s sort of like when people complain about Nevada giving Tesla $1B+ in incentives to build their Gigafactory outside of Reno. “OMG, Nevada is giving away all this money!” Except, “No, au contraire!” Without Tesla in Nevada, there would be $0 in new tax revenue for the State. And Nevada isn’t actually giving Tesla any money; they’ve merely given them a reduced tax rate. So instead of Tesla choosing some other state and Nevada receiving $0 in tax from Tesla, they choose to take >$0.

More jobs = win
More high paying jobs = win
More tax revenue = win
“Everybody gets a win!” – Oprah

I’m not in favor of giving them money up front. But I’m damn sure in favor of giving them a deal similar to that of Tesla/Nevada. And Nevada did that for the promise of 6,500 jobs. Amazon’s purported 50,000 jobs is substantially larger (though I don’t feel like looking up how many those are directly tied to Amazon and not peripheral jobs).

The only downside is that an already crazy housing market would go nuclear. But I don’t see increased traffic and congestion as a 100% negative; it could only help to catalyze TRUE mass transit in south Florida (and across the state), which we all should want and we all need.

I, for one, hope Gillum/DeSantis call up Amazon the day after the election in November and say, “Let’s make a deal!”

Anonymous
2 years ago

I have to agree with you except the housing crisis of cities such as Seattle, San Fran, don’t apply to South FLA because for one if Amazon does decide to come to south FLA, they will be in the downtown corridor where there is TONS of vacant units. I mean TONS. I believe its like almost 40% vacancy rate when you take into consideration all those units in brickell that are foreign owned and unoccupied for most of the year. There is about 7 years of condo supply out on the market right now! This should be a no brainer for Amazon.

Anonymous
2 years ago

40% vacancy?!?No way!
Only the Condovulture Man and his sidekick Robbing would say that!
As they raise capital for a fund on the premise of a condo “crisis”, buyers keep closing, people keep occupying, and Downtown is great!

Anonymous
2 years ago

LOL.. this is funny

Anonymous
2 years ago

We also have a NAP downtown and not to far from Cape Carnival, incase Amazon wants to get into space delivery.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami Innovation District & Miami WorldCenter would be a fantastic location for Amazon.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miami Innovation Tower = No brainer

Anonymous
2 years ago

I think you mean Cape Canaveral

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sorry my mind was in the wrong place lol

Anonymous
2 years ago

Bezos is already at Cape Canaveral.

Anonymous
2 years ago

“The network gave Miami a B+ rating. The breakdown includes an A+ for talent, B+ for location, B+ for stability, and C+ for talent.”

A+ or C+ for talent?

Anonymous
2 years ago

C+ due to the emigration of highly trained workers to Silicon Valley and New York.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Anywhere Amazon goes, the talent will attract itself.

Anonymous
2 years ago

C+ is more appropriate…

Anonymous
2 years ago

If you mean overall.. you’re cold.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Typo – the first should be population

Roy R Jr, Miami Springs, Fl
2 years ago

Cubans are stupid to you ?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hey, our hurricanes come with plenty of warning to get safe– and the building code here is the strongest in the country. Texas, on the other hand, has little warning for tornadoes and gets them just about every year. Not so re hurricanes for Miami.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I agree

Anonymous
2 years ago

I would like to know how much Miami or Miami Dade County has spent for bidding for this and what the tax payers are going to give up for this? We need transparency on the issue. Let’s hope they didn’t spent billions bidding for Amazon HQ2 while practically zero on mass transit expansion

Anonymous
2 years ago

Amazon is coming remember my words

Anonymous
2 years ago

YES!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

New York City has had countless more disruptive climate events over the past ten years than Miami has, but everyone wants to move there still.

Anonymous
2 years ago

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake can hit and tear up Los Angeles at any moment but that still hasn’t stopped developers from building and people moving there.

Alex
2 years ago

Good point, however, there have been efforts made to make new buildings more earthquake “proof”, and I think re-building could be somewhat easier and more feasible as opposed to a city that’s underwater. What has been done for flooding? I know we have pumps but I don’t see that as a long term solution being that its way to cost prohibitive and just recycles the water back to the bay/ocean.

I know Venice is a city built on canals but I just don’t see that working here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dude, if you live your life worrying about calamities, then you’re going to miss out on a lot of living.

Alex
2 years ago

hahaha. I don’t live my life “worrying about calamities”.

I’m only trying to have a conversation about a previous post that has some valid points. It’s ok to discuss things without having to blow someone off. Thanks for your concern.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Relax Alex.. Miami will survive the next 1,000 years.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Am Gore invented the internet just to post this?!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Who is “Am Gore?”

Anonymous
2 years ago

Washington DC based perennial Miami detractor Christopher Flavelle of Bloomberg just wrote an article condemning Miami to oblivion for everything from Zika virus, algae blooms, septic tanks, soil contaminants, unsustainable debt, sea level rise, water table destruction etc. if you beloved his article you would NEVER in invest in Miami. You have to wonder when reading such blatant panic mongering sensationalism why so many journalists based out of Amazon finalist cities are intent on publicly staining Miami’s reputation. Anti-HQ2 conspiracy??

Roy R Jr, Miami Springs, Fl
2 years ago

That’s becauae Miami is a liberal city.

Roy R Jr, Miami Springs, Fl
2 years ago

Meant to say that’s because Miami is not a liberal run city

Anonymous
2 years ago

Could be but I think Miami is also an easy target for northern spite. Could be its upstart status or its diversity or plain jealousy.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Most people that don’t live here, hate Miami. FACT.

I think it’s pure jealousy.. “They hate us, cause they ain’t us”

Anonymous
2 years ago

But they travel here…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes, because Miami has the best public schools, best public transportation, broad middle-class neighborhoods, and excellent economy with high paying jobs. This is why most people that choose not to live in Miami hate us cause they ain’t us! They spend 3 to 4 days on Miami Beach and then GTFOOH. Oh, the luxury condos and new development are selling to lol law-abiding blobal investors. Mostly empty shell buildings that are just functioning as deposit accounts.

Afi Keita James
2 years ago

Another liberal who supports sanctuary cities and illegal immigration, my god

Anonymous
2 years ago

Isn’t Bezos raised Cuban in Miami ? Most people don’t know that

Roy R Jr, Miami Springs, Fl
2 years ago

His stepfather that raised him is a Miami Cuban

Bill
2 years ago

So today I just checked out of the hilton baltimore , big sign at lobby “Amazon Hiring Event Lax Room second floor” What does that mean? theyre getting ready to announce Baltimore / Maryland as winner?

Alex
2 years ago

Can you please elaborate a bit more on the exodus? I actually do agree with you and would like to see what your opinion is. I am not expert on real estate and certainly not climate but I do often wonder why we keep building in an area that is supposed to be underwater perhaps in less than 100 years. I know I might not be around but climate change is moving faster than anticipated and have always wondered what the plan is and what if this starts to flood? I know it won’t be an overnight thing but its Billions and Billions of dollars that I figured could go to other areas of the country that would need to be set up for this so called exodus.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Sea levels are rising 1mm a year. if you do the math, in 100 years it will be almost 4 inches. Stop with the hysteria.

Alex
2 years ago

Hysteria? Whatever.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miamians always complain about not having public transit. Have public transit.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Public transit meaning expansion of the Metro rails! Buses just adds more traffic

Anonymous
2 years ago

Miamians always complain. Enough said. LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not as much as Parisians

Anonymous
2 years ago

If we don’t get HQ2 Amazon will build something here to take advantage of its diversity.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yes, becuase Spanish Speakers and Haitiens are cream of the crop of the Western World and everyone in Miami knows it. Go Miami with the best in Caribbean and Latin diversity.

Anonymous
2 years ago

I bet you’re a democrat pretending to be a bone racist

Anonymous
2 years ago

Exactly right, going to be a big surprise for a lot of people.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Interesting they didn’t include public transportation as a criteria for their “Report Card”. Certainly Amazon thinks about that. If that was included, Miami’s score would have most likely been downgraded.

Anonymous
2 years ago

If you build your headquarters downtown, mass trans becomes less of a factor. If you build in the suburbs, it’s a whole different ball game.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you for the injection of common sense

Anonymous
2 years ago

Putting HQ2 downtown makes mass transit a huge factor since the worst traffic in the region heads into downtown in the morning and away in the evening. A development of this size would only make extremely bad, horrible. Regardless of where you build it, you need good reliable public transit to get people from the suburbs to downtown and the reverse. Buses will never be reliable when they have to sit in the same traffic as cars plus make 20 stops and transfers along the way. Just because you place HQ2 in downtown Miami near transit hubs does not mean those transit hubs reach South Florida’s 6 million population. Amazon had a similar problem in Seattle and had to help expand public transit there.

Anonymous
2 years ago

The implication of having the HQ in downtown Miami is that Amazon’s employees will want to live there too. So, no need for a car and the hassle of commuting from the suburbs to work. Not implied, anyone living near Metrorail or the FEC tracks where there may be options to pick up the TriRail commuter train could also live near close to HQ without driving to and from work.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Yea because all of amazons employees will be able to afford the $2,000+ Rent it will take to live downtown. It’s a fantasy to think everyone will live downtown. Some will but not all you’re still going to have the crazy commuters coming from as far as Port St. Lucie to work everyday. The people that work downtown now don’t even live there. And not everyone wants to be jammed in a tiny micro apartment or studio condo either.

Anonymous
2 years ago

People involved in the process have told me that the Amazon tours were conducted on the Metromover and metrorail.
Our transportation is a big reason Miami are top twenty.