BRISTOL - The city is developing a regional proposal with Hartford to attract Amazon to develop a second headquarters in Connecticut.
Amazon put out statewide requests for proposals, looking for a location for their second headquarters in a community with a million or more people, according to Amazon’s request, which also stated this would create 50,000 jobs over a 10 to 15-year period.
Mayor Ken Cockayne said Bristol wanted to be a part of this and met with a number of other municipal officials and members of the Department of Economic and Community Development in Hartford, to go through the request and discuss regional proposals.
The idea was first discussed in Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, when Cockayne said, “Both myself and Justin Malley of the economic development team here in Bristol, met at the DECD yesterday to bring Amazon headquarters to Connecticut. They are looking for a second headquarters, so we met with a number of other large cities and we are going to take a regional approach. We are going to team up with the Hartford region to try to move Amazon here.”
Amazon currently has a 8.1-million-square-foot campus in Seattle, Washington, with 33 buildings that they outgrew, according to the request. Though, there are no current buildings to house Amazon’s needs in Bristol, the mayor said, there is land to build on that would accommodate the needs, such as the brownfield locations.
Cockayne noted that multiple proposals are being discussed - based around different regions such as Hartford and Stamford - to see which proposal would be “most attractive” to Amazon.
“It’s a very tight time frame. We have to have all ideas proposed by Sept. 19,” the mayor said. “Everyone in the country is putting in submissions. It’s a long shot, but we don’t know if we have a chance unless we apply. It also depends on the state’s incentives for Amazon.”
Cockayne noted that “even if Amazon is not in Bristol,” and the headquarter is located close to the city, “the employees still have to eat” and “people still need a place to live.”
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