Even so, we all recognize — or should — that we’ve still got some things to work on if we’re to become an irresistible attraction for tech-driven, 21st-century economic powerhouses. We’re not alone among Amazon aspirants in that regard, but that doesn’t relieve us of the obligation to apply even more effort and resources to improve things like our transportation infrastructure and pre-K-through-12th-grade public education system. Our conservative stances on issues like immigration and religious liberty may be a turnoff for Amazon and similar players too.
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John Schoettler, who oversees real estate for Amazon, gave a hint about the company’s worldview last month in a Washington Post story analyzing its relationship with its birthplace of Seattle. “We could have gone to the suburbs, and we could have built a campus, and we would have had an entry gate where everybody would come and go so you would be very inward- looking and very exclusive,” Schoettler said, “as opposed to being in a very urban environment where you have to look outward, so you’re very inclusive, and everyone is your neighbor - and everyone is welcome.”
From here onward until decision day, we join Georgians in hoping for the best in Amazon’s HQ hunt. Our strengths are considerable, and our shortcomings eminently fixable with the right motivation. Amazon, given its strength, workforce and influence could do very well here, we believe, and make us a better region and state as a result.