New Ranking Puts Pittsburgh Toward The Bottom Of Cities Aiming For Amazon HQ2

Mayor Peduto says light-rail infrastructure is a concern

Joe DeStio
August 17, 2018 - 10:33 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - With no new clues coming out of Amazon in its search for a city to host HQ2, its second headquarters, there's a new ranking of which cities have the best chance.

A ranking from CNBC puts Pittsburgh somewhat down the list of 20 finalists with a grade of B minus.

The city is hurt by the state's so-so economy and weak job growth. Still, Mayor Bill Peduto is optimistic.

“When we compare ourselves to the other regional cities, we have a very good chance. When we compare ourselves to the global cities, I think we can provide the talent that they can but a cost of living that’s much lower.

But Peduto admits the city’s lack of light rail transportation is not good.

“If you were to look and just ask if we have an adequate public transit system, sure we do with buses but when it comes to light rail we’re woefully behind other regions.”

Other cities with a B minus grade are Chicago, New York and Philadelphia

Austin and Dallas, Texas have the top grades in the ranking with an A minus.

Another report had Amazon ready to release a cut down list from its original 20 cities. But a spokesman tells The Boston Globe that's not true.

Peduto says he's heard nothing since Amazon visited in March.