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General Electric's current headquarters are in Fairfeild, CT. But an announcement could come soon about the location of their new HQ offices. One strong contender is Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)closemore
General Electric's current headquarters are in Fairfeild, CT. But an announcement could come soon about the location of their new HQ offices. One strong contender is Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

General Electric, the huge conglomerate that traces its roots back to Thomas Edison and the 1890s, is currently based in Fairfield, Connecticut. But, the company is hunting for a new home — both for tax reasons, and because it wants to be better connected to "an ecosystem that is forward-looking and future-looking," in the words of chief executive Jeff Immelt. GE's decision is reportedly down to New York — either Manhattan or suburban Westchester County — and Boston's waterfront innovation district.

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Gregory Bialecki, executive vice president of Redgate. He tweets @GregBialecki.

David Luberoff, senior project adviser at the Boston Area Research Initiative at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He's also visiting professor at Northeastern University, which is launching an the Myra Kraft Open Classroom series focused on shaping Boston's future, starting Wednesday. He tweets @dluberoff.

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The Hartford Courant: What GE's Search Says About 21st Century Business, And About Connecticut

  • "If multiple reports and sources saying GE is eying Boston and New York are true, then it's all about that urban, tech image — not business taxes or any of the other cost issues we spent the summer and fall beating ourselves up over."

The Boston Globe: Favorable Mass. Taxes A Factor In GE’s Hunt

  • "The Tax Foundation, a Washington think tank, last month ranked Massachusetts 25th out of the 50 states, based on tax climates. Connecticut, as well as New York and Rhode Island — two other states under consideration by GE — all ranked in the bottom 10."

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