Danbury has decided to submit a response to Amazon’s Request for Proposal, despite the state backing other municipalities. Danbury officials say the City is the strongest location to serve as Amazon’s second North American headquarters, noting that there is an available 100-acre site in direct proximity to rail, air, and vehicular modes of transportation. Officials are eyeing the Matrix property.
If Danbury is selected, City officials said they would partner with the State and the Greater Danbury area to ensure the needs of the corporation are met in full.
City officials also cite a recently formed cooperative partnership with Putnam County, which increases access to talented workers and resources that transcends state boundaries.
Connecticut's bid for Amazon's second headquarters will include sites in the Stamford and Hartford regions. Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, said those locations meet Amazon's criteria.
The Seattle company says it will spend more than $5 billion to build a second headquarters in North America with as many as 50,000 jobs. It says it's looking at metropolitan areas with populations of more than a million that have the potential to attract top technical talent.