By Ben Miller – Contributing Writer, Denver Business Journal, Oct 31, 2017, 7:57am MDT Updated 4 hours ago
It seems that anybody with a computer is making guesses where Amazon.com Inc. will build its new $5 billion HQ2 headquarters.
The latest guesses come from Baird Equity Research and technology coding company Thinkful, which both pick Washington, D.C. as Amazon’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) best choice.
Baird Equity Research said it came up with its conclusion after determining the number of Amazon corporate job postings around the country, and dismissing West Coast cities like Seattle, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
Using that criteria alone, Baird determined that with 531 corporate job openings, Washington, D.C. will lure Amazon.
“We view this as relevant to the HQ2 search, as Amazon might prioritize locations based on already having a sizable non-fulfillment workforce,” a Baird research note said.
Denver ranks No. 13 on the list with 46 current Amazon corporate job postings.
Thinkful said it used “data science” to come up with its findings, and Washington, D.C. came out on top of its list.
“The Washington D.C. area possesses many qualities that Amazon is looking for in its ideal location including a highly educated population, an extensive transit system and a burgeoning reputation as a hip millennial town,” said Thinkful in a statement.
Denver is No. 12 on the Thinkful list.
Denver didn’t fare much better on an earlier prediction this week by the New York Times, which picked Pittsburgh as Amazon’s best choice.
But in September, another New York Times prediction did say that Denver would be Amazon’s best choice.
Earlier this week, Amazon said it received 238 bids from cities and regions in 54 states and provinces across the U.S. and Canada, including a bid from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., which submitted a regional bid.
Last week, an Irish betting site predicted that Atlanta had the best odds of landing HQ2 at 2-1, with Denver’s odds at 20-1.