Amazon announced 20 final cities that it will consider for its highly anticipated new headquarters. Many of them are home, or very near, big-time college football programs.
The upcoming Amazon decision has been one of the biggest stories in the business world for months. Today, the company made a big announcement regarding its upcoming decision.
238 cities were originally considered for the new Amazon headquarters. 20 cities (or general areas, in a few cases) remain.
The decision is expected to add 50,000 jobs to whatever city Amazon chooses. It should be a huge economic boon for the lucky town. Amazon is looking for metropolitan areas of at least 1 million people with business friendly policies. As you can imagine, many of those areas are also home to big universities.
In the fall, CNBC ran an analysis of what Amazon says it is looking for and determined that Raleigh/Durham was the best match. The area is home to a number of schools, most notably Duke, North Carolina, and North Carolina State.
"The three largest metropolitan areas in the Tar Heel State, each submitting bids, benefit from a state with one of the best workforces in the country and a heritage of innovation dating back to the Wright Brothers."
The Triangle is one of the areas that made the cut that features big-time college programs. Most have a school nearby, if not right in city limits.
Here is the full list. We've included the nearest FBS programs as well:
Atlanta (Georgia Tech, Georgia State)
Boston (Boston College)
Columbus (Ohio State)
Los Angeles (UCLA, USC)
Miami (FIU, Miami)
Montgomery County, Md. (Maryland)
New York City (Rutgers)
Northern Virginia (Virginia)
Raleigh (NC State)
Washington, D.C. (Maryland)
Outside of Toronto, the lone non-American city included, there are a lot of big schools very close to contender cities. It could also be big for those programs directly, if it helps keep alumni home with the increased work opportunities.
There's probably a pretty good chance that these schools get somewhat involved as this process moves along. Amazon is expected to make a decision by year's end.