When Amazon announced its choices for two new headquarters locations, more than 200 cities that were not New York and Arlington, but had submitted proposals, were left wondering where they came up short. Raleigh, one of the cities that applied, was also the only North Carolina metro area in Amazon’s 20 finalists.
Not to worry: Amazon is not the be-all, end-all of all things tech. In fact, the Tar Heel State tech environment is doing just fine, thank you very much.
According to a report by NC Tech Association, a networking and advocacy organization with 200,000 members, the number of IT job postings in North Carolina has increased almost 25 percent in the past year to reach 25,697 jobs. And while each new Amazon hub is expected to bring an attendant 50,000 high-paying jobs along with five times that many indirect jobs, such a concentration of highly-paid talent may also be burdensome.
USA Today reports that among Amazon’s reasons for opening not one but two new headquarters—an unusual move—was that Seattle had grown somewhat weary of the tech giant. At the time it announced intentions to expand headquarters to another city, Amazon occupied 19 percent of Seattle’s prime office space. Housing shortages, traffic congestion and income inequality led to a backlash against Amazon.