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Would Amazon Come To Minnesota?

Category: GOP House Republicans
Posted: 09/08/17 13:38

by Dave Mindeman

There is a lot of talk about Amazon's new hub placement with its 50,000 potential jobs. Axios listed the top 5 contenders in their estimate:

1. Denver
2. Chicago
3. Phoenix
4. Minneapolis
5. Detroit

Denver got the highest marks because?

Superior transit system. If Amazon is going to build a major facility, they need to have their workers with access to a mobile transit system. 50,000 people is a lot of commutes - and car congested highways are going to be a net negative for any location analysis.

Minneapolis gets high marks for its university system - and Dayton has worked hard to maintain and improve that system.

But the House GOP Republicans, despite all their high minded rhetoric about building jobs in Minnesota are killing the very things that attracts business to this state - transit access and education.

Wisconsin recently got Foxconn to locate in southern Wisconsin. But they had to "buy" their way into it. It will cost them years of revenue to have this factory.

Minnesota can attract business on the merits. At least we will if the Republicans in the legislature don't obstruct our selling points.

In the end, business needs a business friendly environment and a suitable means for workers to get to and from work safely and quickly.

The MNGOP works against that environment. That must change.
comments (2) permalink
09/18/17 21:47
As opposed to some peoples' opinions. where Amazon ends up will not be a question of low-paid workers' availability. Amazon does not need fork lift drivers. They have robots for that. Nor do they need people to tape boxes, for the same reason. They need two base resources: high-skilled tech workers, and airport runways. Minnesota has the first, but not the second. I suspect St. Louis, with it's almost completely unused modern airport in East St. Louis, has an advantage in the runway department, but that hasn't seemed to have made it into the rumor mill. Transportation costs are a very big part of the equation. Now that Amazon is lo longer a west coast centric operation, they have to find a more central distribution hub, and that depends less on geography (why aren't all businesses headquartered in Missouri?) than on markets and relative transportation costs. That's probably not MN, or Denver. Detroit has an edge that maybe isn't so apparent. Lots of spare runway, a few really good universities to draw from, and road access to a lot of the east coast. Oh yeah - lots of out-of-work fork lift drivers to wave to on the way to work.
09/08/17 21:12
Short answer...MN=no. Axios knows nothing of the shipping equation. A giant linear equation draws a line from one point to all the people in North America and the goods they want and the result will find the shortest path.

UPS, Fed Ex, and others (like Walmart), end up in the mid-american plains area. Walmart is NW Arkansas. Huge shipping hubs get placed in KS and MO. Fly everybody in, do a musical chairs shuffle overnight, and send them back with the goods before daylight. When you put the shipping logic, costs, and parameters into a linear equation and push the button, the analysis will come up with Kansas City, St Louis, etc. Chicago is too congested already. MI=no CO=no Axios analysis needs to take a 1001 course in distribution before they start shooting off their "analysis."

Oh, and you don't need a 4 year degree to run a forklift, or a carton taping tool, or a shrink wrapping tool. Surprise! What you need is square miles of empty space where you can build 100,000 tiny slab homes of 1200 sq ft to house all the low pay workers they want to hire.


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