Was Amazon's HQ2 Search a Waste of Time for Cities?

Governing: After Amazon’s announcement that it would split its second headquarters and coveted 50,000 jobs between the Washington, D.C., area and the New York City borough of Queens, the losing cities put a positive spin on the news. Columbus, Ohio, officials, for instance, said they were just glad to get attention for being a finalist.

But after the 14-month search and the thousands of hours devoted by state and local officials to their bids, many can't help wondering if it was all just a big waste of time. After all, the tech giant wound up choosing two of the most obvious economic centers on the East Coast.

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