Buffalo-Rochester joint bid submitted for 2nd Amazon HQ
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A joint bid for the Buffalo-Rochester area to be the site of Amazon's new second headquarters has been submitted.
The Buffalo-Rochester Metro Corridor, as the bid is known, is "an extremely sophisticated and compelling bid submission" for Amazon HQ2. Leaders in Buffalo and Rochester announced last week they were putting together a joint bid to bring the headquarters to Western New York.
Pegula Sports & Entertainment and PicSix Creative created a video showcasing the area as part of the bid.
Specific details of the submission are not being released, due to the "extremely competitive nature of the selection process," according to a joint statement by Matt Hurlbutt, Interim President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise, and Tom Kucharski, President and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara.
Hurlbutt tells 13WHAM the video supports the data in the proposal they sent to Amazon.
"We've got great smart people in this community, we've got an outstanding university infrastructure, we've got great real estate options for them to consider, outstanding quality of life and the support from elected officials as well corporate leadership to help them come here and succeed," said Hurlbutt. "We have a lot of alumni working at Amazon. And some "Amazonian" who are from Rochester and have come back who have also helped us with some input on the process."
George Conboy, Chairman at Brighton Securities, says the quality of life point is what will set western New York apart from other applicants.
"If they were to chose our area it will like be on the outskirts of our area, that's Rochester or Buffalo , that is eastern suburbs of Buffalo, western suburbs of Rochester," said Conboy. "There's an outside chance they could look at a place like Batavia, right on the Thruway, not a difficult commute."
Briefly summarized, the bid focuses on big picture thinking, a well-recognized regional affordability and low-cost of doing business, top-tier talent pipeline, strong history of innovation, and an existing urban infrastructure built to handle past size and future growth.
Amazon issued a request for proposals (RFP) for potential site locations for the company’s second corporate headquarters (HQ2). The company said it could hire as many as 50,000 new full-time employees; the average wage for workers would be roughly $100,000 over the next 10-15 years.
But even if Amazon doesn't choose western New York, this proposal process is putting Rochester out there for other potential businesses to see.
“Even as important as Amazon is, we want other high-tech companies to consider our region for growth because we've got the people they need, the infrastructure they need, as well as proximity to markets and a great quality of life,” said Hurlbutt.
Hurlbutt expects to hear from Amazon by the end of the year.