State backs Stamford, Hartford bids for new Amazon HQ

<p>State leaders announced Friday that they are pitching Stamford and Hartford as potential new homes for Amazon's second headquarters.</p>

News 12 Staff

Oct 6, 2017, 7:18 PM

Updated 2,419 days ago

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State leaders announced Friday that they are pitching Stamford and Hartford as potential new homes for Amazon's second headquarters.
Stamford is seeing a population boom of millennials, which is one reason why the state is backing its pitch, along with Hartford's.
"The jobs will be here, but the people might live in Wilton or they might live in New Canaan or Darien or Greenwich or Ridgefield," said Stamford Mayor David Martin.
Martin's Republican challenger in the Stamford mayoral race, Barry Michelson, said the state has an uphill battle.
"Businesses are bottom-line driven, and we've got to be a place that fits into that mindset," he said.
As for whether an already crowded Stamford can support 50,000 new jobs, independent mayoral candidate John Zito said it's a risky move.
"I would like to have a guarantee from Amazon saying, 'Yes, we're going to be here 25 years' -- fine," Zito said. "But what's going to guarantee them being here 25 years?"
Danbury and Bridgeport are also interested, but their proposals may go nowhere without state incentives backing them up.
Stamford only has two more weeks to get its proposal in to Amazon, which plans on picking a city sometime next year. The headquarters could bring around 50,000 new jobs to whichever city Amazon eventually chooses.


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