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Cleveland Shines As Contender for Amazon HQ2

More people are living in downtown Cleveland following the recession, but job opportunities are lagging behind.
More people are living in downtown Cleveland following the recession, but job opportunities are lagging behind.
The Playhouse Square Foundation plans to build a new apartment complex in downtown Cleveland.
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Cleveland has a pretty good chance of becoming the site of Amazon’s second headquarters.

A study by the consulting firm Anderson Economic Group ranked 35 metro areas that best fit Amazon’s specifications for a new location. Cleveland came in 11th on that list.

CEO Patrick Anderson says Cleveland's unique characteristics makes the city competitive:

"Cleveland had some strengths that I think are underappreciated in a lot of the country. Much like Michigan, where our headquarters is, the midwestern work ethic, the productivity of the workers is a real strength. And the cost of doing business is very reasonable."

It’s close proximity to the Great Lakes and a major airport are also attractive benefits to build. Cleveland’s biggest pitfall? A lack of mass transit.  

While the timeline is unclear, Amazon is in the process of shortening the list to a few prospective locations.

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