Colorado Has Eight Possible Locations For the New Amazon Headquarters
Amazon is looking for the perfect place for its new HQ2 location. Colorado will propose eight. Could Grand Junction be on that list?
Colorado is working overtime to try and get the mega-company Amazon to build it's newly proposed second headquarters (HQ2) somewhere in the Centennial State.
The committee has narrowed the locations to eight. But unfortunately, all the Colorado locations are Denver metro spots.
Cities such as Durango, Colorado Springs and us here in Grand Junction simply cannot accommodate all of Amazon requirements for its massive building plan. For example, Amazon states that this new HQ2 location MUST be within 45 minutes of an international airport. Well, that leaves us out.
It still could be very good for the state, overall. So, as soon as Amazon made it known public that they were scouting locations, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation got to work. They compiled a list of almost 30 possible areas and had to read through more than 400 pages of information. The MDEDC has whittled that list to the Elite Eight.
The official proposal will be submitted to Amazon no later than October 16.
To give you an idea of what this could mean to the Denver area, and hopefully to Colorado state wide, is having to build 33 buildings equaling 8.1 million square feet of space. In the next few years, it is possible that HQ2 could have as many as 50,000 people on it's payroll. With an average annual salary of $100,000 that would definitely influx that area with a lot of disposable income. That will for sure lead to many more jobs for that community.
Should we be sad that Grand Junction doesn't meet the standard requirements? It is almost like we are NOT tall enough to ride the ride.
Or is this a blessing because we don't want all that hustle and bustle here in the Grand Valley?
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