How Amazon could impact DC-area schools, housing and transportation

From WTOP: That’s what the D.C. region’s leaders have been saying about the possibility that Amazon could locate its second headquarters here, bringing with it 50,000 high-paying jobs that could fuel the region’s economy for decades to come. The possibility is intoxicating. But what if the online retail giant/tech juggernaut actually moved here to the nation’s capital —

Guest Post: Three Workforce-Based Reasons Why Amazon Should Locate HQ2 in the Washington Region

Amazon is considering three jurisdictions in the Washington region for its second headquarters (HQ2): the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, MD, and Northern Virginia, which included proposals from the city of Alexandria, and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun. Amazon’s decision will be a pragmatic one of matching its needs and preferences with the metropolitan area’s labor force, its infrastructure, its culture, and the attractiveness of the incentives the jurisdiction offers. Most bidders will accordingly seek to highlight their highly educated STEM workforce, their university system, their subways, highways, and airports, as well as their quality-of-life, and their culture of entrepreneurialism. Yet, the question of how well matched these features of an economy are to Amazon’s business activity, rather than any average technology-oriented company requires a more nuanced discussion.

Here’s how much the shutdown could cost Greater Washington’s economy

From The Washington Business Journal: Greater Washington benefits from about $2.5 billion each week in federal spending on wages, contracts and grants — and stands to lose hundreds of millions a week under a prolonged government shutdown. About $899 million a week comes in the form of direct payroll for civilian and military employees, according

Our reaction to the federal shutdown can shape the region’s future

By Jonathan Aberman From The Washington Post: Many in the greater Washington business community woke up this morning to a very uncertain work week. A federal government shutdown, whether it lasts days or weeks, raises serious challenges to our region’s economic prospects. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) in a public statement on Friday said the federal