Amazon in PA

Amazon in PA

In September 2017, Amazon announced they would accept bids on a second headquarters project that is expected to invest over $5 billion in construction and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs for the location the company chooses.

In January 2018, Amazon announced that two Pennsylvania cities — Philadelphia and Pittsburgh — made its shortlist for HQ2.

With Pennsylvania’s strategic location in the heart of the East Coast, nationally ranked educational institutions, and a workforce equipped to support future growth — we think Pennsylvania is prime for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America.

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Location: We’re Where You Want to Be

We know companies aren’t confined by borders, and neither are we. Pennsylvania provides easy access to top assets within our own borders and those of our neighbors too. With just an easy drive, quick train trip, and an even shorter direct flight, we’re halfway between the U.S. financial and regulatory hubs of New York City and Washington, DC. Being well-connected and having the lowest cost of living in the Northeast U.S. – that’s something we think everyone can appreciate.

  • One day’s drive from:
    • Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population and 60 percent of the Canadian population (U.S. Census , Statistics Canada ).
    • Four of the 10 largest U.S. markets (BEA ).
    • Nearly 40 percent of all U.S. manufacturers.
  • 26.5 minutes average commute (U.S. Census ).
  • Only state with port access to the Atlantic Ocean (Philadelphia), Gulf of Mexico (Pittsburgh), and Great Lakes (Erie).
  • Eight airports with flights to Seattle.
  • Six international airports.

Workforce: We Work Smart

Our workforce is characterized by a special combination of education, experience, and our legendary can-do spirit — resulting in new innovations and technologies. It’s in our DNA. Pennsylvania workers built this nation, and that spirit and drive —along with our state’s founding principles of openness and tolerance — continues to push our workforce to new heights.

  • 6.3 million-strong workforce.
  • Ranks in top 15 states for technology and innovation (CNBC ).
  • 8th largest tech employment in the U.S. (CompTIA PDF).
    • Ranks in top 10 states for STEM jobs (Business Facilities ).
    • Nearly 240,700 tech jobs, with an average annual wage of $98,340.
  • 5th largest number of STEM graduates in the U.S. (Site Selection Group ).
    • Four top-ranked universities granting the most STEM degrees as a percentage of all degrees (U.S. News ).
    • Five of the 56 U.S. STEM Learning Ecosystems .
    • 24 percent of degrees awarded from state-owned universities are STEM-H.
    • 37 percent increase in the number of STEM-H graduates from public four-year universities since 2009.
  • Two cities rank in the 25 top startup cities, Philadelphia (3) and Pittsburgh (12) (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, et al. PDF).
  • 8th nationally for number of venture capital-assisted companies (NVCA ).
  • $5 billion invested with 822 PA startups by venture capital firms between 2012 and 2016.

Business Climate: We’re a Powerhouse

From corporate headquarters to manufacturing facilities to state-of-the-art R&D labs, Pennsylvania has the full spectrum. Our economy is also globally competitive, and our economic density, diversity, and localization provide cost-effective access to critical supply chains.

Infrastructure: We're Well-Connected

Pennsylvania’s infrastructure is comprehensive and internationally connected. With nearly half-a-trillion dollars’ worth of goods and services moving through our state transportation system every year, businesses have confidence that they and their products have the reach they need to be effective. In Pennsylvania we’re also proud of our connections as part of the Northeast corridor, and our direct international ties.

  • $61.9 billion over the next 12 years will be invested in improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports, and railroads.
  • 64 railroads, the highest number of operating railroads in the U.S.
    • Four Class I railroads.
    • >5,600 railroad track miles, ranking near the top in U.S. in total mileage.
    • >120 daily passenger trains to Northeast corridor and across the state.
  • >120,000 miles of highway
  • Eight airports with flights to Seattle.
  • Six international airports.
  • 5th in direct support of public transit in the U.S.
  • Only state with port access to the Atlantic Ocean (Philadelphia), Gulf of Mexico (Pittsburgh), and Great Lakes (Erie).
  • Ranks in top 10 states for the volume of goods moved through our ports.

Education: We Produce Leaders

Pennsylvania’s education system produces the workforce that drives our economy. From pre-K through college and graduate programs, some of the strongest schools in the country can be found in the Keystone State. In addition to being a national leader in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, Pennsylvania has some of the top graduate programs for business and computer engineering.

  • 250 postsecondary institutions.
  • Ranks in top 10 states for education (CNBC , Top States for Business).
  • Seven of the top 100 U.S. universities (U.S. News ).
  • Four of the top 100 global universities (U.S. News ).
  • 11 of the top 100 U.S. liberal arts colleges (U.S. News ).
  • Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) has the largest alumni network in the U.S.
  • Best computer science graduate program, Carnegie Mellon University (U.S. News ).
  • Best business graduate program, Wharton Business School (U.S. News ).
  • Best public university in the Northeast, University of Pittsburgh (Wall Street Journal ).
  • 5th nationally in the number of STEM graduates (Site Selection Group ).
    • Four top-ranked universities granting the most STEM degrees as a percentage of all degrees (U.S. News ).
    • Five of the 56 U.S. STEM Learning Ecosystems .
    • 24 percent of degrees awarded from state-owned universities are STEM-H.
    • 37 percent increase in the number of STEM-H graduates from public four-year universities since 2009.

 

 

In Pennsylvania we also value our early education and K-12 education system: Making sure our youngest students receive a world-class education is vital to their — and our — future success.

  • 48% increase in pre-K enrollment in past two years.
  • >$840 million in new dollars invested in K-12 education in the past two years.
  • #2 K-12 school district in the U.S., with four PA districts ranked top 20 (Niche ).
  • Recognized as a promising state by the Obama White House through its Computer Science for All (CSforAll) work.

Quality of Life: We Live Happy

In Pennsylvania, our business assets go hand-in-hand with our quality of life advantages . We have all of the essentials — the lowest cost of living in the Northeast U.S., affordable real estate, prominent world-ranked universities, fulfilling careers, and top-ranked health institutions. Our state boasts an ideal blend of thriving cities, walkable urbanscapes, and charming small towns — with plenty of rugged woodlands and lush countryside to explore off the beaten path.

We also take pride in our rich history. As the birthplace of our nation, Pennsylvania was founded centuries ago on the idea that all are welcome and can practice their faith and culture as they see fit. We still live by that grand idea today because ours continues to be an open and welcoming state.

  • Lowest cost of living in the Northeast U.S.
  • Median home price is $161,800 versus the U.S. average of $201,900 (Zillow ).
  • 26.3 minutes average commute (U.S. Census ).
  • 2nd lowest marginal personal income tax rate among states that levy the tax.
  • #2 K-12 school district in the U.S., with four PA districts ranked top 20 (Niche ).
  • Three of the top 20 hospitals in the U.S. (U.S. News ).
  • Three of the top 10 cities for millennials are in PA (Trulia ).
  • 121 state parks that are free to the public.
  • Seven professional sports teams with 20+ championships.

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