Listen: What they're saying: Mixed reaction to Amazon's HQ announcement
"Got a lot of cool reactions from people affected by the Masan headquarters story, Sarah. Yeah, we really did. And we're going to read a few of them now and kinda kinda kinda pick them apart. And and see what we agree with Arthur from Arlington Virginia notes that Amazon's Kurt operations in the area. Which as we noted on the show yesterday are already pretty bast are in Ashburn. Arthur says that's well outside the beltway and the people working in living. They're not gonna wanna commute into Irwin ten Amazon's inside the beltway operations are quotes mainly tied to the government in these are not really HQ function. So Arthur doesn't think that this counts as an expansion for Amazon. Really he and peach also pointed out something that a lot of coverage didn't pass on which is that Virginia Tech will be opening technology campus, adjacent to Amazon. So these are these are good on the ground reports from someone actually in Virginia. I love this. Thank you. Arthur. Granted I think it's fair to say, okay. The folks out in Ashburn aren't going to be feeding into Amazon's Kern opperations, but it is still an area that Amazon is familiar with and was negotiating with. And I don't think they ever thought they would move the people in. But it's it's a fair point inside the beltway stuff, though, I don't know what. Amazon is going to use this second regional office. It's not even HQ anymore. It's a regional office for my suspicion is that it probably will have a lot to do with the government cloud of cloud that Amazon operates, especially if they get that DOD bid thereafter that will probably operate out of there because it's right next to the Pentagon. So I'm less inclined to a seed to to the inside the beltway not mattering because it's government stuff. I think it really does. But yeah, maybe it's unfair to say that that folks being out Nash burner are are part of a of an. Operation that really has any effect on something pretty far away in right on the Potomac, basically. So I don't know what do you what do you think of this, Sarah? Well, you know, one of the things that I'm I didn't realize and thank you Arthur is pointing out the Virginia Tech, huge college opening technology campus, adjacent to Amazon, and how the two might you know, Amazon might funnel and money for research projects, which would make a lot of sense. And like, you said the region itself is definitely skewed government wise. But I think a lot of folks don't realize, you know, even when you hear early intesne Virginia. It's like, well, it's adjacent to Washington DC. Okay. Oh, all right. So, you know, you're you're in this era in this actually, huge metropolitan area. That's not. Yes, they are. They are separate from each other. But collectively, it's it's closer to a lot of industry than than one might think. If they're not from. With that other Silicon Valley kind of feel in Virginia AOL used to when when I was living in Arlington, the big AOL. Skyscraper was right there downtown Arlington. You could see it across the Tomac. When you're in dining when I was working for AOL. That's still where the headquarters was I never went there. But it was"