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Connecticut Emphasizes Location And Workforce In Amazon Bid

Oct 19, 2017

Connecticut officials have unveiled their pitch to bring Amazon's new $5 billion headquarters to the Nutmeg State.

In its proposal to Amazon, Connecticut focused on Stamford and the Greater Hartford region -- two places that Governor Dannel Malloy said best meets the online retailer's criteria for a second headquarters.

“Vibrant urban settings nestled among progressive New England towns and convenient access to Boston and New York, yet without the high price of doing business or living in either of those communities,” said Malloy.

The state's pitch also highlights Connecticut's highly educated workforce, top-ranked education system, and its shared shared social values with Amazon.

Both proposed sites are on the water. The Hartford proposal has the campus split between the East Hartford and Hartford side of the Connecticut River, while the Stamford location overlooks the Rippowam river near Stamford Harbor.

Stamford Mayor David Martin said a big selling point for his city is that it's move-in ready.

“We are ready to move them into this building right here, or this building right here,” Martin said, “If they want to be in by January 1, we are ready to go.”

The state will not disclose what type of tax and other incentives it is ready to offer Amazon to come to Connecticut. The online retail giant is expected to announce its new location sometime next year.