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Will Amazon choose either Austin or Boston for its HQ2?
Amazon recently announced plans to build "HQ2", a second headquarters in North America. As detailed in a number of news articles, cities across the continent scrambled to promote themselves as the ideal location; the selected region will absorb a $5 billion investment and see the creation of up to 50,000 new jobs over the next two decades. It is widely expected that the winning locale will offer significant tax incentives, but a range of tangible and intangible factors will likely play into the final selection.
Amazon recently announced a list of twenty finalist cities and metro areas chosen from a list of 238 submitted bids. The selections lean heavily on the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard, and with the exception of Toronto, are all in the United States.
The downselect has naturally led to considerable speculation regarding Amazon's final choice. At the time of this question's creation, the Irish betting website PaddyPower has Boston, Atlanta and Austin in the lead, with 2/1, 5/1, and 11/2 payoffs respectively, and with other finalists having odds ranging from 8/1 to 20/1. Given the desirable simplicity of a binary resolution, and given the nice ring of "Austin or Boston?", we ask:
Will Austin TX or Boston MA be chosen as the site for Amazon's HQ2?
Resolution is by official Amazon announcement, and resolves as positive if the HQ is located in the Austin TX, or Boston MA Metropolitan Statistical Area
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