Amazon announced their top 20 "short list" of locations. New media seem to be guessing DC and NYC are top contenders since each metro area had 3 separate cities. It is pretty obvious though the reason they did this: To extract out as much monetary incentives for each city to pit out against each other. Amazon was smart too because each of the 6 cities (including philly as NYC) are in all different states.
I stick too my original list that DC/NYC/BOS/PHL will NOT be selected assuming one of these cities doesn't basically pay for the entire move through tax incentives.
Another city that I considered, but didnt put as a top 5 was Atlanta.
I mean yes, it makes sense from raw inputs and has the US largest airport, I just dont see it as a long term strategic "game changing" city when you compare it to similar cities that are on the list like Dallas.
As far my top 5: I am going to say all of my 4 made it besides STL which I added on just because of my bias from living there and stated it was a long shot. I say all mine made it, but really I just need to change Cincinnati to Columbus and Charlotte to Raleigh. I blame my minor error by overlooking where the State Capital (tax incentives *cough cough*) are located as well as where all the University talent is. I stand by my order with Denver #1, Austin #2, Raleigh #2, Columbus #4.
If I was a betting man, I would totally throw in Dallas to replace Columbus.