Jason Horwitz is an analyst at the Anderson Economic Group and recently co-authored an index paper based on some of the measurable preferences Amazon is seeking. Tampa Bay ranked 27th of the 35 markets that the index determined fit Amazon’s criteria.
“It’s not that Tampa does terribly in a lot of those categories, it’s just a little below average,’’ he said. “The lack of public transit infrastructure is one of the big problems. People in Florida drive everywhere, and Amazon specifically mentioned having public transportation.
“Amazon hasn’t specifically said this, but it’s reasonable to think they’re looking for a market that will attract the best talent in the world for the next 40 to 50 years.’’