In his bid to get the global online retailer to consider Danbury, Conn. as the location for their second North American headquarters, Mayor Mark Boughton has sent the company a key to the city.
“It’s on. Like Donkey Kong,” Boughton wrote in social media posts accompanying a photograph of him holding a box with a “Amazon+Danbury” graphic printed on the side.
“Here’s a little surprise for our friends at Amazon,” he wrote in a second post, showing a photograph of a key to the city with a plaque that reads “Welcome Home! Key to Amazon HQ2, Danbury, Connecticut.”
Last month, Boughton’s video pitch to Amazon — which featured Alexa, the company’s voice-powered digital assistant — was featured in the national news.
Amazon’s search for a second headquarters — applications are due this week — has set off a bidding frenzy about cities and states looking to secure the estimated 50,000 jobs and $5 billion investment that would come with the new facility.
The state Department of Economic and Community Development sought proposals from cities and towns across the state but narrowed its focus to the Stamford and Hartford regions.
Nonetheless, other cities and towns are planning to present directly to Amazon. Besides Boughton, the mayors of New Haven and Bridgeport — Toni Harp and Joe Ganim — are working together on a proposal that they will submit to the company.
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