Thursday, September 14, 2017

UPDATE: Springs to make bid for Amazon second headquarters

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 4:29 PM

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

UPDATE: The city's economic development officer Bob Cope tells the Indy this via email:

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.

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.
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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.

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