BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho economic development organization has submitted a bid proposing Boise as the location of Amazon’s coveted second headquarters despite the city not fitting some of the online retailer’s requirements.
Among Amazon’s criteria for what’s being called HQ2 is for the location to be near a metropolitan area with more than one million people, which Boise does not have. In response to the city’s shortcomings in this regard, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership and Gov. Butch Otter sent letters to the company asking it to keep Idaho in mind for other projects, the Idaho Statesman reported .
“After the dust settles, we hope you have time to review Idaho’s highlights on this site and consider us to be part of your future growth plans,” Otter said in the letter. “So in other words, save us for later in your cart.”
The Seattle-based retail giant has received 238 proposals from cities and regions in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company’s second home is expected to generate $5 billion in investments, create 50,000 jobs and use 8 million square feet of space over eight or nine years.
The Republican governor said in his letter that the state has the right business environment that could make it a suitable home for a future Amazon project.
“Idaho is recognized for its favorable business climate, stable tax rates, reasonable regulations, low-cost renewable energy and affordable land,” Otter said. “We have a skilled, motivated workforce and state policies that recognize the importance of economic activity to our Idaho way of life. We balance our budget without raising taxes and we know that the best way to help business is to simply get out of the way.”
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com