Since the release of the Amazon RFP on September 7th, City Economic Development staff has been in discussions with the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC and other community economic development partners regarding developing an appropriate strategy and response.——————-ORIGINAL POST 4:20 P.M. THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 2017—————-
Colorado Springs offers an extremely attractive location for businesses, especially those in the tech sector. Our concentration of highly-educated individuals in both the military and professional sectors, combined with our local educational institutions provide excellent resources in terms of staffing. Our continued presence on lists such as U.S. News and World Report’s Best Places to Live lists speak to the quality of life we offer employees. Add to that our identity as Olympic City USA, and you have an extremely attractive option as a headquartering location.
Additional information will be available in the days ahead as the strategy unfolds.
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.Ahem. Let's review the following designations for Colorado Springs that might catch Amazon's eye:
“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.