Want a house near Amazon’s HQ2? Forget it

Realtor Stephen Karbelk gets the question all the time. “People ask me, ‘Can I buy something near Amazon?’” said the president of RealMarkets, a Century 21 New Millennium team. “And I say, ‘No, you really can’t.’” In the 22202 ZIP code – which comprises Crystal City, Pentagon City, Aurora Hills, Aurora Highlands and Arlington Ridge – there were just seven active listings in February, down from 21 a year ago, according to Redfin, a national real estate brokerage. That’s two single-family homes. Four condos. And one townhouse. The 22202 inventory has plummeted 84 percent since November, when Amazon.com Inc. announced it had selected the neighborhood for its second headquarters. Triangle Business Journal

Move your HQ to the South. . .everyone else is

Citing housing costs for their employees, operational costs for the company itself and a lack of labor, companies are high-tailing it to the South from California, the Northeast and the Midwest. It’s nothing new, it’s been going on for decades, but never as prevalent as today. And we’re not talking about opening operation centers and other satellite facilities in the region. Many of these companies are moving their whole kit and caboodle — their global or North American headquarters — to the American South. South Florida, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, Raleigh and Charlotte are where most of them are relocating their headquarters. But the most successful headquarter relocation market is in Texas, especially Dallas-Fort Worth and the many cities that make up that market such as Irving-Las Colinas, Plano, Richardson, Frisco and McKinney. Southern Business & Development

SpaceX’s most powerful Starship and rocket will be built in Florida and Texas

A nearly 400-foot tall, two-stage rocket will be built in Florida, according to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. In a tweet on March 17, Musk, who owns popular rocket company SpaceX Inc., said, “Working on regulatory approval for both Boca Chica, Texas, and Cape Kennedy, Florida. Will also be building Starship & Super Heavy simultaneously in both locations.” A timeline of when SpaceX will begin building the 387-foot tall rocket and exactly where on Florida’s Space Coast it would be built has not been determined. However, previous reports hint at how quickly SpaceX would need its most powerful rocket. Orlando Business Journal

SpaceX, ULA, Northrop Grumman line up rocket missions at Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral is a busy place these days as the cadence of rocket launch continue to increase. And within a few months, the area will be even busier with people clamoring to see a space mission that has not happen in Florida in nearly 10 years. After Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX’s successful demonstration of its Crew Dragon capsule that launched from Kennedy Space Center on March 2 and then splashed down March 8 in the Atlantic Ocean, people anxiously are awaiting the company’s main event: launching astronauts to the International Space Station in July. Astronauts have not been launched to space from America since 2011, so it’s likely that more than 100,000 visitors will come to the Space Coast to view the launch when it happens — which was the estimated visitor increase for when SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy had its maiden launch in February 2018. Orlando Business Journal

SpaceX conducts first tests requiring closures at Boca Chica Beach, Texas

For the first time since SpaceX landed at Boca Chica Beach, Cameron County closed a stretch of State Highway 4 leading to the beach for what’s called a tank test. And there will be more testing today. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño said he signed an order late Thursday closing the area for a second consecutive day so SpaceX can continue its testing. “There will be a closing on the highway from 10 (a.m.) to 4 (p.m.),” Treviño said. “What they are doing is a tank test. They are fueling the engines and they need to test the tank.” SpaceX performed numerous tests Thursday, he said. “They are fueling the engine and made numerous tests with regards to the fueling and everything,” Treviño said. McAllen Monitor

DHS Sec. Nielsen explains shift in immigration policy on the Southern border

McALLEN — United States immigration policy at the southern border has shifted due to what Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday called an overflowing of her agency’s facilities, leading to mass releases of immigrants to the streets of McAllen as city leaders attempt to help care for the hundreds of new arrivals every day. Instead of referring immigrant adults to federal court in McAllen for prosecution, Nielsen said in some cases federal authorities are releasing undocumented immigrants with a notice to appear that instructs the immigrants to come before an immigration judge at a later date. This process is reminiscent of the so-called catch and release policy during the Obama era, which President Trump has repeatedly denounced. During the Obama-led program, undocumented immigrants were issued the same notices, but Nielsen in a press conference at the McAllen Border Patrol station on Thursday firmly denied comparisons to the catch and release program. McAllen Monitor

Mexico president talks US investment with Trump son in law

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday that talks with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner have led to advances toward an agreement that would have the U.S. government guarantee some $10 billion in development investments for Mexico and Central America. The previously discussed investments would aim to reduce immigration from Mexico and Central America by providing more opportunities in those countries. Roughly half of the sum would go to Mexico while the remainder would be divided among Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, Lopez Obrador said. Laredo Morning Times

Steel Dynamics could be huge win for San Patricio County, Texas — if it comes

SINTON, Texas — The idea of a proposed $1.8 billion flat roll steel mill has drawn a lot of excitement in this small town. For the city of just over 5,400 people, the project from Indiana-based Steel Dynamics could represent an opportunity for growth that would also bring at least 600 new jobs to the area. That anticipation was on full display Wednesday, when more than 200 people packed into the San Patricio County Civic Center in Sinton for a meet and greet with company representatives. “It’s a home run if it happens,” said 53-year-old Sinton resident Marty Israel. They key word in that statement is “if.” That’s because Steel Dynamics has not yet made a decision on where it will locate its new steel mill. The company announced in November that it was planning to build a new facility in the southwest United States, and would be looking at a number of potential sites. Corpus Christi Caller Times

Dallas ranks as the hottest spot for millennial homebuying

Dallas and Houston are the hottest spots in the country for millennial homebuyers. That’s what analysts at California-based Meyers Research found in their annual “millennial desirability index” that rated the country’s largest housing markets. Austin ranked third on the same list, which compared data on housing affordability, job growth, cost of living and other factors for major metro areas across the country. Meyers Research’s director of research, Ali Wolf, said factors such as Texas’ relatively low new home prices, strong economy and high quality of life push the state’s major cities to the top of the list. Dallas Morning News

Report: Joe Biden mulling Georgia’s Stacey Abrams as 2020 running mate

Advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are considering 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams as a potential candidate for vice president on a Biden ticket, the political news website Axios reported Thursday. Biden has yet to enter a very crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field officially but reportedly has been thinking about naming a running mate when he announces his candidacy. Abrams met with Biden in Washington, D.C., last week at Biden’s request, according to the Associated Press. She would give a Biden ticket not only racial and gender balance but, at age 45, make the slate significantly younger. Atlanta Business Chronicle