As of Thursday, 20 cities were left in the running, whittled down from 238 that applied to bring the company’s new campus to their zip code. There’s no telling who will come out on top, but experts say we can look to its first address for clues.
Launched in Seattle in 1994, Amazon transformed the city into the still-growing tech hub it is today. About 40,000 employees currently work in Seattle, and the company says it has pumped $38 billion into the city’s economy from 2010 to 2016 alone.
If Jeff Bezos and company want to replicate that kind of impact, “they’ll need to find a place with those same characteristics,” says Santiago Gallino, PhD, Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.