Springs to make bid for Amazon second headquarters

The mountains form a backdrop for Colorado Springs, which might be an ideal setting for Amazon. - FILE PHOTO

Several cities are falling all over one another to land Amazon’s second headquarters in North America, and Colorado Springs is trying to elbow its way to the table, apparently.

We just received this statement from the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC:

Following Amazon’s recent announcement to develop a second North American headquarters, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC is in the process of developing Colorado Springs’ response to the project’s request for proposals.

“We are currently exploring site options, incentives and other factors, as well as coordinating with the State of Colorado and the City of Colorado Springs, to create a competitive response to Amazon’s RFP,” said Hannah Parsons, chief economic development officer for the Chamber & EDC.

According to the RFP, Amazon’s decision drivers include the availability of existing buildings or facilities, a greenfield site, utility infrastructure, opportunities for renovation or redevelopment, labor force and incentives, among others. Complete details are available at Amazon’s RFP site. Responses are due Oct. 19, 2017.

Ahem. Let’s review the following designations for Colorado Springs that might catch Amazon’s eye:
• Number 1 American city for Human Capital and Lifestyle, 2017. fDi Intelligence.
• Top 10 or hottest real estate markets to watch in 2017, 2017. Trulia.
• No. 2 for most desirable places to live, 2017. U.S. News & World Report.
• No. 2 Best City for Veterans, 2016. Livability.com.
• Top 10 Best Big Cities for Active Families, 2016. Outside.

It’s also worth noting that the Banning Lewis Ranch on the city’s east side has lots of greenfields that could be a future site of the on-line giant.

We also asked the city of Colorado Springs what the city is doing on this front, city spokeswoman Jamie Fabos told us via email, “I know we are in possession of their RFP.
Bob Cope [economic development officer] is handling, and I am happy to ask him for details.”

We’ll circle back when we hear more.

Source:  Colorado Springs Independent 

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