Thursday, January 18, 2018
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY BID TO SNAG AMAZON HQ2 FAILS!!! HERE'S WHY!!!
This morning the news broadcast an inevitability that the denizens of our blog community called FIRST.
To wit . . .
DESPITE AN EMBARRASSING SPAM EFFORT AND A GREAT DEAL OF BIZ HYPE . . . AMAZON PASSED OVER KANSAS CITY IN THEIR SEARCH FOR AMAZON HQ2!!!
For those who already forgot about KC's doomed bid:
ZDNET: Kansas City mayor spams Amazon reviews in bid for headquarters
Additionally, here are a few more reasons why KCMO was quickly booted off the list . . .
1. High Crime - 2017 was the deadliest year in KC since 1993. Moving employees into a war zone just isn't good business.
2. Fight For $15 - There's a war over wages and one of the biggest retailers in the world likely didn't want to risk small town politicos cutting into their profit margins.
3. The Rent Is Too High - For most of it's recorded history, KC has touted an affordable cost of living. Amid a speculative Downtown & Crossroads luxury living space boom - $2500-a-month rent just seems too steep for small town life and this fact isn't lost on tourists.
Again this is NOT a surprise for smarter denizens of the local discourse but comes as a shocker for so many tech scene denizens who mistakenly believed local tech hype. To be fair it's not all bad news as effort to build HQ3 is already underway and KC is already a hub for the distribution of a great deal of cheap Chinese merch.
Check the links . . .
Startland: Amazon narrows finalists for HQ2; Kansas City not on the list
KCUR: Kansas City Left Off Amazon's List For HQ2
Fox4: KC doesn’t make Amazon’s top 20 list for second headquarters
Show-Me: Release the Amazon Bids!
KCTV5: Amazon leaves Kansas City off list of 20 finalists for HQ2
You decide . . .