October 19, 2017

CT pitches Hartford, Stamford regions to Amazon

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

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and mayors from the Hartford and Stamford regions announced Thursday they've completed applications to Amazon with hopes the online retail giant will choose Connecticut to build its second headquarters.

As Malloy, Stamford Mayor David Martin, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and others welcomed the opportunity to bid for HQ2, Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, said during a press conference the project, which would supplement existing Amazon facilities in the state, would make a "fantastic impact" on Connecticut.

In September, Amazon announced plans to open a second company headquarters in North America to complement its headquarters in Seattle. Cities across the country are competing as Amazon expects to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow the site to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.

Competing cities have until today to submit confidential applications to Amazon, according to the request for proposals on its website.

With Amazon's second headquarters located in either Hartford or Stamford, Connecticut would see a $500 billion increase in its GDP over the next quarter-century, Smith said.

"So this is worth making a fight for," Smith said. "It would be very helpful for the state."

Malloy, who called the state's best assets its people, said, "We are inclusive, industrious and compassionate. We think as a corporation Amazon shares many of the same qualities."

Bronin said the Hartford region's pitch will unite municipalities on both sides of the Connecticut River.

Martin said, "I believe Amazon is going to find everything they want in our great city -- access to transportation and workforce. ... We are primed and ready: If they want to be in by Jan. 1 we are ready to go. We have a shuttle and water taxi to connect our sites to Manhattan."

The state is not providing any details regarding financial assistance it will offer Amazon, officials said. 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.

More information is available at www.CTisprime.com.

Amazon already has a significant presence in Connecticut with existing facilities in Wallingford and Windsor. This summer, the company announced plans to expand their presence in the state through the creation of a fulfillment center in North Haven, which will bring their Connecticut-based employees to approximately 3,800 workers.

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