Malloy Looks For More Amazon Details, Boughton Makes Case For Danbury

Connecticut officials continues to explore making a bid for a second Amazon headquarters being located in the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said, Wednesday.

Asked about the possibility of an Amazon headquarters moving to the Fairfield-New Haven area while the governor made a visit to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks Wednesday, Malloy said the state is exploring its options.

“I don’t want to be judgmental,” Malloy said. “Until we know better and have some additional information about the wants and desires of Amazon, we’re going to assume there are multiple opportunities. If we get further direction from Amazon about locations or roadways or systems, then we’ll build that into our assumptions and what we’ll propose."

Amazon announced earlier this month that the company is looking for a second headquarters with as many as 50,000 employees planned for North America. The online retailer is looking for a metropolitan area with more than 1 million residents, a stable and business-friendly environment, urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent and communities that “think big and creatively.”

Last week, Malloy said the state would make a pitch to recruit the company.

"Situated between New York and Boston, home to great schools and world-class universities, and boasting a high quality of life, Connecticut would be a great home for a second Amazon headquarters,” said Kelly Donnelly, a spokeswoman for Malloy.

Connecticut is a “proven partner” with Amazon, which operates warehouses in Windsor and Wallingford and is planning another in North Haven, she said.

In addition, Connecticut has a “growing pool of top tech talent,” Donnelly said, citing tech companies in Fairfield County and elsewhere in the state.

In video released Thursday, Danbury Mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton made a case for the Hat City as the next Amazon headquarters.

Boughton champions Danbury, noting that the city was recently named the best place to do business in Connecticut, has a “fast and efficient permit process,” and a “great quality of life.” He also mentions that five other corporations have located their global headquarters in Danbury: IMS Health Holdings, Praxair, Ethan Allen, Fuel Cell Energy, and Waterworks.

Boughton closes the video by claiming the city “walks the walk,” as he stands up from his desk to a stack of Amazon-labled boxes and asking the company’s Echo Dot — a hands-free, voice-controlled smart speaker — where Amazon should locate its next headquarters.

“Danbury, Connecticut,” it responds.

“I told you so,” Boughton said.


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