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Five Reasons Why Amazon Should Look to Connecticut for Its Second Headquarters

Amazon announced Thursday that it is searching for a new heaquarters, promising to spend more than $5 billion on whatever site it chooses in North America.

Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday that the new headquarters will be "a full equal" to its Seattle counterpart with as many as 50,000 jobs.

As cities and state scramble to make a pitch to the retail behemouth, here are 5 reasons why Connecticut should join get on the phone with Bezos immediately:

1. Education: we rank among the best educated states. New Haven, home to one of the world's best universities, would be an ideal location for Amazon.

2. Population: The Hartford, New Haven and Fairfield county regions are big enough to attract top technical talent.

3. Willingness to deal: Connecticut is at a crossroads. State legislators should be ready to make the kind of deal that would be needed to attract Amazon.

4. Proximity: Connecticut is close to New York, Boston and the tech-rich east coast.

5. Trained workforce: Connecticut's deep background in financial, insurance and aerospace makes the state attracive to a major employer.

An Associated Press report was included in this story.

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