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Proposal would create many more Connecticut jobs

Posted on November 5, 2017

The proposal for Amazon’s second headquarters would add many more Connecticut jobs.

The proposal includes sites in the Hartford and Stamford regions. Last month, Amazon announced that it was seeking a site for a second headquarters – known as “Amazon HQ2” – in North America, which will create tens of thousands of additional jobs.

“Connecticut is filled with spirit and ingenuity, and is the perfect location for a global company like Amazon to position its next headquarters,” Governor Malloy said. “Our state is home to cutting-edge industries that are in the growth and innovation sectors, and we have one of the most in-demand talent pools in the nation, with an educated and skilled workforce that is second to none and guided by some of the country’s top educational institutions. 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, 21stCentury company like Amazon to succeed and thrive.”

“Amazon is an innovative company that competes for top talent, embraces strategic, energy efficient development, and promotes civic and philanthropic engagement within the company and among its employees,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said. “Connecticut, already home to several Amazon facilities, is a very good match to achieve those goals – and more – in their second headquarters.”

“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,” DECD Commissioner Catherine 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. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support – it was a true all state effort. We will hope for good news from Amazon in coming months.”

Connecticut’s quality of life, diversity and inclusiveness, and strong educational systems are just a few of the aspects highlighted throughout the proposal.

“We’re proud to submit a strong proposal for Amazon’s HQ2, highlighting the assets of the Greater Hartford region as a whole,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said. “Our region has tremendous talent, great quality of life, and the cultural richness of metro areas many times our size. Put those strengths together with our engaged corporate community, the affordability of housing, and our location at the center of New England’s Knowledge Corridor, and you have a very attractive package for Amazon or any employer. Landing Amazon anywhere in Connecticut would be a win for the entire state, and I think this process should remind us just how much we have to offer when we think of ourselves and market ourselves as one unified metro area.”

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