These geeks are looking for a second home. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)
It’s down to the final four: Cincinnati, Denver, Pittsburgh, and Raleigh.
Team GeekWire has been poring over submissions from cities all over the country eager to host GeekWire HQ2 for the month of February 2018. We’ll be establishing a temporary second headquarters in the chosen city, sending our rain-soaked Seattle-based reporters to cover a community’s technology scene, including its challenges and opportunities, innovations, leaders and its outlook on the future.
It’s going to be a fun adventure, whether we end up in the Rust Belt, Rocky Mountains or Research Triangle. But narrowing the field to these four candidates hasn’t been easy, and frankly, we need your input as we pick the winner of this illustrious competition.
In an intense staff meeting Monday, we debated the positives and negatives of the four finalists — asking key questions about transportation; cultural activities, community engagement and, of course, the strength of the tech sector. We also wondered if weather wimp staffers will be able survive a sub-zero winter day in Pittsburgh or generous helpings of Carolina BBQ.
After a 45 minute debate, we couldn’t decide.
That’s why we’re now enlisting our faithful GeekWire readers to help us make our final decision, before the official announcement next month. You’ll be experiencing this adventure with us, so we’ll give strong consideration to the vote as we determine our destination.
Cast your vote above to tell us which city you think should win. Not sure who makes the best GeekWire HQ2 candidate? Continue reading for highlights from each finalist’s proposal and see this earlier post to check out all of the cities who responded to our Request for Proposals (RFP).
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