Steven's Institute makes the case for Newark as the Amazon HQ2 hub. Read the excerpt below:
Transit, talent, culture, green tech and proximity to the Big Apple, all tip the scales in favor of the Garden State as Amazon moves toward a final decision.
Amazon's recent announcement that its search for a second national headquarters facility ("HQ2") had narrowed to about 20 U.S. metro regions was exciting news for New Jersey: the state's largest city, Newark, landed on the exclusive list.
Stocked with culture, infrastructure, and young talent, Newark is among the strongest contenders for HQ2. Here's why:
1. Access & Transit
Amazon has already made it clear that direct access to strong public transit will factor significantly into its final decision about where to site HQ2.
Fortunately, Newark is situated in the most public transportation-intensive metro area on the Eastern Seaboard. You can reach Newark from the Big Apple, Jersey City and Hoboken via Amtrak, a half-dozen NJ TRANSIT commuter train lines, two PATH train lines running beneath the Hudson River and a surprising number of ferries. Getting around won't be a problem.
To protect this infrastructure, Stevens Institute of Technology works with both NJ TRANSIT and the Port Authority of NY/NJ, which oversees ferries, bridges, tunnels and container ports, to ensure natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods don't derail the commute. That same resilience research helps companies like Amazon maintain business operations continuity, too.
The university has already anticipated self-driving cars, as well, with eye-opening research on transportation planning for autonomous vehicle traffic and studies revealing how they will affect the nation's auto insurance premiums.
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