Denverite: Denver economic officials kept some information from the public Thursday when they released the official proposal sent Amazon.com Inc. last month outlining why the Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth should build in Colorado.
Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. redacted the 77-page document so residents could not see which cities and sites where pitched to Amazon. The proposal shared Thursday also left out the “potential value of incentives” Amazon could get from state programs.
“We never said we were never going to release the proposal. What we said is we were never going to release the confidential site information and the proprietary information,” said J.J. Ament, CEO of Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.
EDC officials made good on their promise to highlight eight sites in the proposal that would be particularly good for Amazon, but all 30 that met Amazon’s criteria were also included.
“Beyond the sites and communities listed in the initial proposal, Colorado has identified several locations that can support Amazon HQ2, future commercial offices, fulfillment and distribution facilities, data centers, and more. These urban and suburban locations are spread throughout the Metro Denver area with close proximity to Denver International Airport, major interstates, universities, transit and over 3.6 million people,” the proposal states.
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