Transportation plays a key role in attracting businesses
When Amazon announced its contest for a second headquarters (HQ2) in September 2017, cities nationwide created proposals to woo the retail and technology giant. When the two sites, Long Island City in New York and Crystal City outside of Washington, D.C., were finally selected over a year later, it seemed that other cities never stood a chance.
Amazon had laid out specific requirements for its new host, among them a robust mass transit system that could handle an influx of new employees. This is something to which very few American cities can lay claim, and which made transit-rich NYC and metro Washington, D.C. obvious choices for the new headquarters.
Businesses like Amazon seek cities with excellent transit for several reasons. Without transit, the 25,000 new workers to the area would place a significant strain on the traffic network, which makes it difficult to recruit and frustrates residents. In addition, the type of technology workers Amazon would like to attract often prefer to commute by transit, as they tend to eschew driving for greener and less expensive options. Finally, areas well-served by transit tend to be enticingly walkable and trendy, which helps the company recruit top talent. 
Find out what transit agencies in New York and D.C. have that helps drive their strong economies.
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 American Public Transit Association, “Millennials & Mobility: understanding the millennial mindset” https://www.apta.com/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/APTA-Millennials-and-Mobility.pdf