In November 2018 Amazon announced that they chose to split their new headquarters between New York City and D.C.
Although Raleigh was one of the cities Amazon was considering we are not disappointed with this decision. There are several reasons why.
Number one – Our job market here is already good. It is diversified and stable. Raleigh has several universities supporting many of the industries here. We’re not really at that much of a loss.
Number two – Many Triangle residents expressed concern over congested traffic if Amazon chose to build their headquarters here. Raleigh is already experiencing a lot of struggles with growth. To infuse that many jobs into the area all at once would be a strain on our infrastructure, to say the least. I think that a lot of Triangle residents are breathing a sigh of relief on behalf of their commutes.
Number three – Amazon gave us a prize when they announced in August 2018 that the new Amazon Distribution Center will be located in Garner, North Carolina, just east of Raleigh. This will bring a number of jobs to our market. While not the headquarters, it is still a win for the Raleigh-Durham area.
Number four – Our company president said, “We already won just being on the list of finalists for the headquarters.” I think he’s right. It was an honor to be on the short list of cities being considered. It certainly brought a lot of additional attention to our area. Being a part of the discussion has been really positive for our area.
If you were planning a move to the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area in 2019, it’s still a great place to live, and to move to. It’s a great place to call home, to work, and to play. If you need any help in finding or selling your home, call Amy for “your Shair of the market.”