Beginning Sunday night and worsening Monday morning, lethal wildfires spread through Northern California’s wine country, the counties of Napa and Sonoma. The wildfires forces tens of thousands to evacuate, damaged many structures and about a dozen people have been pronounced dead with the number expected to grow as damage is assessed. Continue reading “Wildfires Continue to Burn Through California”
I never thought I’d be able to put Natalie and Dru in the middle of nowhere, but I pulled it off and they loved the experience. I was able to experience the most interesting personality switch between them and I will never forget it.
Source: Article from New York Times
Amazon beat out the local businesses. Amazon is beating out the major businesses. Now, Amazon has cities across North America beating each other for the grand prize of being the location of Amazon’s second headquarters. The race for Amazon’s affection is going much further than just offering resources and drafting business proposals—this is promposal season and Amazon is the most popular girl in the high school. Business leaders in Tucson sent Amazon’s chief executive a 21-foot cactus, Wharton Business School students have been given the task of pitching their city to Amazon as a fall semester assignment, and the mayor of Ottawa flew to Seattle to walk by the original Amazon headquarters as close as publicly possible. It seems that when the quickest growing powerhouse of business says they want a new friend, professional and well-educated leaders of the business world and major cities lose all sense of control.
However, there is a bit of sense in why so many people are obsessively vying for Amazon’s attention. Their search for the perfect location for their second headquarters can mean an enormous economic growth spurt for the city they choose; Amazon has planned to invest $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs in the city they settle with. Very few requirements, such as proximity to an airport and walkability, need to be met in order to be considered for this trophy and its benefits, which makes the development deal all the more appealing to city officials and their top business leaders. With the proposition open to such a wide variety of locations with different resources to offer, it’s no surprise some of these cities as going as far as creating advertising videos with owners of sports teams from the city, major businesses in the area and putting out so much content that mayoral letters to Amazon have become a subgenre on YouTube—something definitely worth watching in order to play a guessing game of who will win. It really is comical to watch grown men and women lose their minds over the possibility of being an inkling in the minds of the genius team behind Amazon, but when entry fees are low and stakes are high, who wouldn’t do exactly what they’re doing.
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