Since Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans to build a second headquarters, 238 bids from cities across North America, including four North Carolina regions, were submitted to attract the ecommerce retail giant.

On Thursday, Forbes published a list compiled by members of the Forbes Agency Council of 14 U.S. cities that make the most sense for Amazon’s HQ2. Winston-Salem ranks No. 11, after Newark and Salt Lake City.

Four Triad development agencies submitted a joint proposal in October called “Triad is Prime.”

Here’s what Robby Berthume, CEO of Bull & Beard, said about Winston-Salem:

“The city of arts and innovation has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Tobacco factories have been transformed. Hundreds of millions have been spent on Wake Forest Biotech Place and endless infrastructure projects. There’s an international airport. The cost of living is low, the labor pool is ready and there are around 30 colleges in a 30-mile radius. investment in biotechnology and infrastructure, an international airport and a low cost of living as reasons the city would be a stellar choice for HQ2.”

Detroit ranked No. 1 on the list, followed by Atlanta and Boston.

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By   –  Data Reporter, Triad Business Journal