Buffalo and Rochester Team Up for Amazon Headquarters Bid

Groups say joint submission will show large talent pool, while showcasing regional attributes

Tom Puckett
October 12, 2017 - 11:21 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Invest Buffalo Niagara says it's teaming up with the Greater Rochester Enterprise to bid for Amazon's second headquarters.

“In assessing the full scope of the Amazon HQ2 RFP opportunity, it was apparent that by linking our efforts, the combined Buffalo Rochester Metro Corridor can offer a proposal that is both compelling and extremely competitive,” said InBN President and CEO Tom Kucharski and GRE Interim President and CEO Matt Hurlbutt. “With over 2.2 million people, a very talented labor pool, and an extremely livable community, our organizations are excited to join forces in attempting to draw the interest of Amazon.”

“This collaboration demonstrates the undeniable connectivity that already exists between our two great communities,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo. “In addition to several excellent site options and a low-cost operating environment, we believe that it is our people, highly-skilled workforce, world-class colleges and universities, and strong regional competency in radio-frequency identification (RFID), sustainable packaging, flight controls, drone technology, high-performance computing, software development, and data analytics that will help our proposal stand out.”

“Over the years, some of the most innovative companies in the world have called Buffalo and Rochester home,” said City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren. “We look forward to seeing that pioneering history showcased in the proposal alongside the recent resurgence that our cities are experiencing, be it through notable downtown commercial and residential developments, tech and startup industry expansion and activity, affordable housing and good jobs, or the newfound urban vibe that has been attracting millennials and working professionals to the region.”

Organizers say the combined Buffalo Rochester Metro Corridor submission will provide detailed responses to the various components of the Amazon proposal, while emphasizing the affordability of the region, low operating costs for business located there, ease of travel—via bicycle, public transit, or automobile, and extensive access to leisure/lifestyle activities considered attractive to the prototypical Amazon worker. The group adds its document will have dynamic site locations, information on the region’s existing and evolving innovation eco-system, and background on the area’s 60+ colleges and universities—including the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), University of Rochester, and University at Buffalo,

“While there is little doubt that we will be up against some stiff competition, our team is committed to submitting a sophisticated, robust proposal that shines a positive light on the Greater Buffalo Rochester Metro Corridor, no matter the outcome,” concluded Kucharski and Hurlbutt.

Various area companies and business organizations, university and community leaders, and elected city and county officials are also contributing to the efforts.

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