INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis, once considered one of the longest of long shots for landing Amazon's second headquarters, could be picking up steam to possibly win the bid.
A New York Times article, titled "Is Indianapolis Cool Enough for Amazon? It Just Might Be" details Indy's case for getting Amazon HQ2.
One point in Indy's favor? Indianapolis' business-friendly atmosphere. The chief executive of Salesforce.com's Marketing Cloud told the New York Times Indy may be the most business-friendly city in the country. The executive, Bob Stutz, cited the fact that Indy's mayor and Indiana's governor, both of opposite parties, showed up to the opening of Salesforce Tower.
Indianapolis has been silent on what it's offered Amazon to get HQ2, as far as tax incentives or what space would be best.
The NYT article also discussed Indianapolis' weakness in bringing Amazon here -- the lack of subway, light rail or urban transport network. But Stutz said many Salesforce employees bike or walk to work.
Salesforce even tweeted its support for choosing Indianapolis as Amazon's HQ2. The reasons? Affordable housing (which may change if Amazon chooses Indy), the city's sports hubs, and Salesforce.
Indianapolis may not be Chicago, Austin, Washington, D.C., or Boston when it comes to the odds of getting Amazon's next headquarters, but as New York Times writer James B. Stewart said, "I wouldn’t count it out."