Amazon.com announced the winners of its HQ2 sweepstakes. In case you missed it, the winners are... wait for it... New York and suburban Washington.
What a surprise.
Earlier this year, the techy retailer turned the nation’s major cities and regions upside down at the prospect of a $5 billion investment. One promising 50,000 jobs paying an average of $100,000.
This week, the Gorilla chose money and power. New York and Metro D.C. are as far from the Heartland as they could get tiny dots of swaggering, influential blue on a vast red map of, well, Amazon customers.
Which is the point, right?
Shouldn’t be surprising at all for the most valuable company on the planet; a company upending retail and shopping as we know it, a company now sitting on the competitive and market intelligence of more than 200 cities and regions across the United States. And that includes metro Detroit.
Played for suckers? Sure looks like it.