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Atlanta Given Best Gambling Odds To Land Amazon’s HQ2

 Amazon says it received 238 proposals from cities and regions hoping to be the home of the company's second headquarters.
Amazon says it received 238 proposals from cities and regions hoping to be the home of the company's second headquarters.
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An Irish gambling site and business analysts both list Atlanta as a top city to land Amazon’s second headquarters.

Paddy Power, located in Ireland, gave Atlanta 3-1 odds to win Amazon’s HQ2. Moody’s Investors Service ranked Atlanta second on its list of cities to secure the online-retail giant’s new home.

Dave Reibstein, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said being mentioned as a top choice for Amazon can influence other companies.

“Boy, Atlanta really is business friendly and they really want to encourage businesses moving to the Atlanta region,” he said on the potential thought process of other companies. “Therefore, we need to consider Atlanta as one of the choices.”

Paddy Power, located in Ireland, gave Atlanta 3-1 odds to win Amazon's HQ2.
Paddy Power, located in Ireland, gave Atlanta 3-1 odds to win Amazon’s HQ2.

Everest Group, a management consultant company, listed Atlanta as one of five cities that could support HQ2.

Reibstein said Atlanta’s pitch to the online retailer is also a chance to gain other businesses.

“Whatever it is that attracted Amazon there is going to be part of what’s going to attract the next start-up to open an office there,” he said.

Paddy Power gives Austin, Texas, and Boston the next best odds for the headquarters at 7-1.

Amazon is expected to announce the winning city next year.