Whether you love them or hate them, Amazon is here to stay. The e-commerce behemoth was founded in 1994, is based in Seattle, and as you’ve probably heard by now, is looking to open a second headquarters (which they’ve dubbed ‘HQ2”) somewhere in the United States or Canada – and Denver is most definitely in the running, along with 33 other metropolitan areas.
In Amazon’s RFP (Request for Proposal), the company outlined some very specific wishes for HQ2’s home. It’s looking for a metropolitan area with more than one million people that has a high quality of life, a “stable and business-friendly environment,” and the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent. It’s also looking for a site of roughly 100 acres within 45 miles of an international airport. And what’s in it for the winning city? $5 billion in investment and 50,000 new jobs over the next two decades.
In a September 9th article entitled, “Dear Amazon, We Picked Your New Headquarters for You,” the New York Times looked at all the competing cities and projected that Denver will be the winner. Amazon will be announcing the actual winner sometime in 2018.
But is HQ2 something Denver really wants? Given the traffic and rent woes associated with the area’s recent population boom, maybe not. Still, that hasn’t stopped the valiant efforts of Colorado denizens to win Amazon’s HQ2. To supplement Denver’s official application, the state has created the website ColoradolovesAmazon.com which showcases a plethora of proclamations of love for the state by residents. “All over the state, people are stepping up to tell Amazon why they love Colorado,” the site says. “Rock stars and CEOs. Artists and athletes. Chancellors and mayors and even the governor. Watch their videos. And then get involved by adding your own.”
For The Green Solution®, Colorado is home and always will be – even when we have locations across the country and around the globe. But what about Amazon? If they choose us, will they fit into our “mile-high” culture? Only time will tell.