September 21, 2017

17 CT proposals in mix to be state's pick for Amazon site

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Amazon's distribution center in Windsor.

The state is reviewing 17 proposals from municipalities around the state interested in playing host to Amazon's new second headquarters location, state officials said.

The state Department of Economic and Community Development set a Sept. 19 deadline for the proposals before the state chooses what it thinks may be the best options and forwards one or more to the online retail giant for consideration, according to James Watson, a DECD spokesman.

Watson declined to identify the municipalities that are pitching themselves with three-page summaries, or elaborate on the review process.

According to multiple published reports, some of the cities and towns pitching themselves include Hartford; Bridgeport, Fairfield, New Haven and Stratford, which submitted a joint proposal; Enfield, Stamford and Danbury.

On Sept. 7, Amazon announced plans to open a second North American headquarters that will employ as many as 50,000 workers and cost at least $5 billion to build and operate. The facility would complement Seattle as "a full equal," Amazon said. It's looking for a community that "thinks big" and a location that will attract technical talent.

A CNNMoney news report is included in this story.

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