Amazon guarantees two-day delivery.
It’s decision where to locate HQ2 will have an impact on the chosen city/region/state for decades.
This bidding war will also affect the losing applicants.
Here’s my minor role in this process.
I introduced a bill that created an internship program in high tech start-ups for Maryland college students. The state would pay half the cost.
I did so after reading UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski’s op-ed about such a program in Massachusetts.
House Bill 1317 passed in 2014. It has not been funded.
Amazon would welcome this pipeline of future skilled employees. Funding for this program could be part of the package that is presented to the company.
However, the law would have to be amended. Only small businesses are now eligible.
Removing that requirement would make Amazon or any other high tech business eligible for this benefit.
And there will be many companies – big and small, considering our HQ2 proposal and how it would affect their location or expansion decisions.