Atlanta a favorite for Amazon's HQ2

Gina Acosta
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With Amazon narrowing its list of potential cities for its second headquarters last week, Atlanta is emerging as the frontrunner.

A GBH analyst says Atlanta has the best chance for Amazon's new headquarters, with Raleigh, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia also in the mix, according to CNBC.

"In a nutshell, based on our analysis of key factors driving this major decision for Amazon, we believe Atlanta is currently the leader of the pack with Raleigh close behind and Washington, D.C. representing a major wild card and also heavily in the running," said GBH Insights head of technology research Daniel Ives. "While any of the other 15 cities on the list (with Pittsburgh and Philadelphia most likely) are clearly possible locations for HQ2, we ultimately believe these 5 cities appear to be the most viable candidates given all the competing factors."

Ives laid out what he believes are the five most important criteria for Amazon's decision-making process:

1. "East Coast presence."
2. "Thriving engineering/surrounding university infrastructure and student pipeline."
3. "Transportation hub with major growth potential."
4. "Strong technology and pharma industry presence."
5. "Business friendly, political incentives, and attractive tax/economic long term benefits."

Read more about the contenders for AMazon's HQ2 here.