Denverite: Even Denver-area economic development organizations are having trouble getting details about Colorado’s bid for Amazon’s new headquarters.
What locations, incentive packages and other details Colorado is highlighting for Amazon are expected to remain secret even after state officials submit their official proposal to the Seattle-based e-commerce giant sometime next week.
The secrecy around the deal is causing tension for at least one business group hoping to attract Amazon to its territory, the Aurora Economic Development Council.
“We’re really in the dark at this point,” said Andrea Tilliss, marketing manager for the Aurora EDC. “We’re learning stuff from the press.”
The Aurora EDC works with companies considering the city of Aurora. The group previously helped land the Amazon fulfillment and sortation centers that opened in the city within the last two years.
Municipalities and economic development groups were asked to provide sites that fit what Amazon is looking for as well as incentives they could offer to the state and to the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. The state and economic development organization are expected to consolidate all the information into one final proposal to be sent to Amazon.
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