Tech talent to determine if Dallas sinks, swims in Amazon HQ2 applicant pool – Dallas

A large and elite tech workforce appears to be the top consideration for Amazon.com Inc. in its search for a home for its massive second headquarters, according to recent reports.

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) is telling many cities that didn’t make the cut for the $5 billion, 50,000-worker project dubbed HQ2 that a lack of concentrated technology talent caused them to end up on the loser list, according to Bloomberg BNA.

That could be good news or bad for Dallas-Fort Worth, which remains one of 20 metro areas still in the running for the highly-coveted mega project.

Dallas to Houston high-speed rail plan reaches end of public input Friday

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ARLINGTON — As the public input period comes to a close for a proposed high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston, North Texas transportation planners are unveiling potential stops for a connector route.

The Regional Transportation Commission on Thursday discussed progress for a connection to Fort Worth and ongoing discussion with other planners for a line south from Fort Worth to Waco, Temple-Killeen, Austin, San Antonio and Laredo.

The RTC will decide in April whether to take on the environmental study to get the Dallas-Fort Worth line in motion. Environmental clearance would be about two years away.