Colorado submits proposal for Amazon HQ2
DENVER—Oct. 18, 2017—Today, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) submitted Colorado’s proposal for Amazon’s second North American headquarters (HQ2). Colorado provided a single proposal representing multiple communities, sites, and regional assets that showcase the state’s competitiveness to support Amazon HQ2. The proposal was submitted in advance of the Thursday, Oct. 19, deadline.
“What better place for a second home than Colorado for Amazon?” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “I’m confident our proposal will be as competitive as any and will build on the current investment Amazon has made in our state. We believe that Colorado, and this region, can deliver more for Amazon than any other in the country. Our economy, workforce readiness initiatives, educational institutions and quality of life will all be stronger and more vibrant with a large Amazon presence in Colorado.”
The Metro Denver EDC established a plan of action to respond to the Amazon HQ2 RFP within 24 hours of its release in early September. After the RFP release, the Metro Denver EDC immediately began an extensive collection and review of information related to workforce, real estate, global connectivity, sustainability, infrastructure, quality of life and more to accelerate the completion of Colorado’s proposal.
“Colorado’s proposal provides Amazon with a unique opportunity to invest in a community that boasts a talented workforce, unrivaled quality of life and the creativity to invest in the future,” said J. J. Ament, CEO of the Metro Denver EDC. “We believe our regional collaboration represented in this proposal shows Amazon that we work together in this community to attract major opportunities and thought leadership that expands our ecosystem.”
The proposal focuses on place, talent, accessibility and business support. In alignment with Amazon’s leadership principles and focus on Day 1, the proposal outlines how Colorado and the Metro Denver region is prime for Amazon HQ2.
For all media inquiries, please contact the Metro Denver EDC.
Sam Bailey – Vice President of Economic Development, Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., 773-255-7227 or 303-620-8025.
Sara Crocker – Communications Manager, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, 720-937-9771 or 303-620-8041.
About the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
The Metro Denver EDC is the nation’s first regional economic development organization. An affiliate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Denver EDC focuses on six areas to expand the economy in the nine-county region: national marketing, new and existing business, mobility, DIA/international air travel, tax reform and special opportunities. The organization also leads four industry-focused affiliates: the Colorado Energy Coalition, the Colorado Investment Services Coalition, the Colorado Space Coalition and the Metro Denver Aviation Coalition. For more information, see or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.