Piedmont Triad region submits bid proposal for Amazon HQ2
October 19, 2017,
HIGH POINT – Economic developers from the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina that includes High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem have teamed up to submit a comprehensive bid proposal for Amazon’s newest headquarters location.
The project, which is called Amazon HQ2 in reference to Amazon’s second headquarters, has been well-publicized as many cities across the country are vying for the project.
The groups sent the proposal to Seattle via overnight shipping for delivery Thursday. In addition, the groups sent a more interactive format of the proposal to Amazon via email. In a nod to Amazon’s business model of announcing hypothetical products in a news release format, the group’s summary pitch was written as a news release – announcing that Amazon chose the High Point region for HQ2.
“We think this news release format will resonate with the company and help us to stand out in a crowded field,” said Bob Leak Jr., of Winston-Salem Business Inc.
The proposal also includes a fast-moving video of the three cities, including commentary from the mayor or mayor pro tem from High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
The proposal also touted the diversity of the region’s geography; the diversity of its college students, educational institutions and research parks; the diversity of its industry sectors, including furniture; the diversity of its workforce and population; the diversity of its international visitors and companies and the diversity of its culture and leisure activities.
Much of the content in the proposal was generated from a request for public input throughout the region.
“Our 'Triad is Prime' appeal for ideas from the community generated numerous ideas, many of which were utilized in the proposal,” said Stan Kelly, of the Piedmont Triad Partnership. “We now await the next steps and stand ready for a site visit from Amazon.”
Loren Hill, of the High Point Economic Development Corp., said that the groups pitched six sites throughout the region, including downtown settings and potential campus locations. However, officials did not reveal the specific sites at this time.
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