Malloy prefers Stamford or Hartford for Amazon headquarters

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The state of Connecticut sorted through sites that would best fit Amazon’s second headquarters, per the company’s request. Governor Malloy said the state’s top locations are Stamford and the Greater Hartford area.

Governor Malloy said, “We are happy to be engaged in this competition with other cities across North America.” Malloy said, “Both are strong matches for the outline requirement that Amazon provided to anyone who is interested in the process.”

The state said both locations are ideal because they’re close to airports, transportation and have convenient access to Boston and New York.

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Governor Malloy said, “Amazon would be joining great companies who call Connecticut home. And we invite them to join us as soon as possible.”

While the state is pushing Hartford and Stamford as potential areas for Amazon’s massive project, New Haven and Bridgeport joined forces making their own official bid. The economic and community development commissioner explains why New Haven and Bridgeport didn’t make it in Connecticut’s submission.

Catherine Smith, Connecticut Department of Economic Community Development Commissioner said, “The combination they had the 8,000,000 feet spread out 20 miles apart and Amazon told us that would not be acceptable. We thought they were weaker on some of the other criteria like acres to airports.”

Mayor Toni Harp said, “We know that the state of Connecticut is supporting Hartford and Stamford and we had hoped that they would support us too.” “The state says if Amazon takes a site in Connecticut no matter where it is it will be a win-win it for everyone.”

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Commissioner Smith said, “We are very excited because we think not only would Amazon benefit from being here in the state but of course state the state would truly benefit from having 50,000 new employees. It would be a real shot in the arm to our economy so we are very hopeful.”

No word yet on when Amazon will make its final decision on a location for its second headquarters.

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