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Could airport blackout hurt Atlanta's Amazon bid?

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The City of Atlanta is in a tight race at the top to land economic driver Amazon and its second headquarters. But sources close to the pitch tell us there is quiet anxiety that this week's airport blackout and the national black eye that came with it could push ATL down a notch.

Atlanta is battling a number of cities, including Detroit, which has become a dark horse favorite. In fact, just yesterday the Motor City's ambitious plans for Amazon were leaked.

Access to a top flight airport is one of Amazon's biggest needs.

The director of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport shot a highly produced apology video, meant to stem the national outrage over Sunday's debacle.

Today, we spoke with economic analysts from Moody's. They say Amazon will likely look past the PR nightmare of the moment. However the company is surely talking about this, and if the city can't prove its infrastructure is first rate, that would be a problem.

The state's office of economic development sent us a statement saying:

No thriving city is immune to unforeseen circumstances like this, the real test is the quality of the response. And while a number of people experienced significant delay and inconvenience, we also saw both public and private sector partners step up and show the true civic spirit that Atlanta is known for. We believe that global corporate leaders understand these kinds of situations happen and want to be part of a business community that responds in a very positive way.

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