STAMFORD, Conn. – Connecticut officially submitted a proposal to Amazon on Thursday for the online retailer to consider sites in the Stamford and Hartford regions as locations for a second headquarters.
Amazon announced last month that it would be seeking a site for a second North American headquarters, to be known at Amazon HQ2. The second headquarters is expected to bring in thousands of jobs and millions in investment, leading cities all over the country to submit themselves as possible sites for the new headquarters.
Earlier this month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut would submit the Hartford and Stamford regions as their official proposals for sites for a new headquarters. The state's proposal was officially unveiled on Thursday by Malloy and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith.
“Connecticut is filled with spirit and ingenuity, and is the perfect location for a global company like Amazon to position its next headquarters,” Malloy said. “We take pride in the accessibility, convenience, and interconnectedness that our small state offers, and the rich heritage of inclusiveness, diversity, and equity upon which our country was founded. Connecticut meets the needs of a forward-moving, 21st Century company like Amazon to succeed and thrive.”
The proposal highlights Connecticut's quality of life, diversity, inclusiveness, and strong educational systems as a few aspects that would make it appealing to Amazon.
“This proposal is the culmination of a lot of hard work at both the state and local level. Throughout this process, people came out of the woodwork to provide creative ideas, sign letters of support, and roll up their sleeves to help out,” Smith said. “We also had input from the legislature, our federal delegation, multiple state agencies, municipalities, our colleges and universities, partners in the private sector, and residents.”
Despite Connecticut making its officials picks, other cities in the state still think they are better choices for the new Amazon headquarters. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton submitted a separate proposal to Amazon, proposing that the company choose Danbury as the location for Amazon HQ2.
The state did not provide any details regarding financial assistance in order to preserve the ability to enter into direct negotiations with the company. The financial incentive package will include direct incentives for Amazon, as well as funding to support needed investments in communities benefiting from Amazon’s growth, according to the state.
“We are confident that Amazon will find everything it is looking for in Stamford,” Stamford Mayor David Martin said. “Like the other Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and the wonderful people that call Stamford home, we believe Amazon will discover that Stamford is the place to be. Stamford is primed and ready to go."
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