Connecticut’s Amazon bid to include Stamford, Hartford areas

FILE - In this June 16, 2014 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks on stage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s bid for Amazon‘s second headquarters will include sites in the Stamford and Hartford regions.

The Hartford Courant reports that Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, told local officials in a letter on Monday of that determination by a team including representatives from several state agencies.

She said those locations meet Amazon’s criteria.

The Seattle company says it will spend more than $5 billion to build a second headquarters in North America with as many as 50,000 jobs. It says it’s looking at metropolitan areas with populations of more than a million that have the potential to attract top technical talent.

Communities may also make their own bids. A spokeswoman for Bridgeport says the city and New Haven are planning their own proposal.

In a statement, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said, “The comprehensive, New Haven/Bridgeport regional bid to attract a new Amazon facility is moving forward independently – we believe it meets the current and future needs of Amazon, with exceptional access to domestic and international markets through a robust, multi-modal transportation system, with a highly qualified workforce, and with top-ranked colleges and universities to refill the talent pool. Beyond that, the region offers up to 15 million square feet of shovel-ready site options; New Haven’s four million square feet are within walking distance of Union Station and have extraordinary cultural, entertainment, and residential options right next door.”

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