Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) today led Colorado U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, and Ja...READ MORE
Colorado Congressional Delegation Urges Amazon to Choose Colorado for Second Headquarters
Lawmakers cite the state’s highly skilled workforce and excellent quality of life
Washington, DC -- Today, Colorado’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging the company to select Colorado as the location of its second headquarters, citing the state’s highly skilled workforce and demonstrated commitment to providing an excellent quality of life.
The Seattle-based tech giant has been engaged in a highly-publicized search for a second base of operations that could employ up to 50,000 people. A number of cities across the country are attempting to secure this large and wide-ranging economic investment. The delegation lauded the state’s numerous advantages that have already led Amazon to expand existing operations in the state.
“Colorado continues to attract and retain a world-class workforce through outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, a strong education system, dynamic employers, and a moderate cost of living,” the lawmakers wrote. “Employers recognize the potential of this workforce and in recent years many companies, from small hi-tech startups to Fortune 500 firms, have chosen to locate or expand their presence in Colorado.”
The lawmakers continued, “Local, state, and federal policy makers are committed to continuing the policies that have allowed our state to thrive, and we look for you to be a partner in that endeavor. This commitment transcends partisanship. As a Congressional delegation we have routinely come together on a bipartisan basis to support the efforts of the state at the federal level.”
The letter also touts Colorado’s growing world-class connectivity, such as the expansion of Denver International Airport, responsible stewardship of public lands, diverse energy sources and sound fiscal management as further evidence of the state’s ability to provide an enviable quality of life to its employees and their families.
The letter will be included in the bid the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation will be submitting in response to Amazon’s request for proposals on behalf of all eligible sites in Colorado. Amazon expects to make a final decision on the location for its second headquarters in 2018.