Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) believes the Buffalo-Niagara region is an ideal choice for Amazon’s new headquarters and is emphasizing Western New York’s strengths in a letter to the company’s CEO.
Higgins said, “Buffalo-Niagara offers clear competitive advantages for companies interested in locating and thriving here including a reliable climate, close proximity to the international border, an educated and incredibly dedicated workforce and an atmosphere that offers a well-rounded quality of life for its employees. Western New York’s unique characteristics make this community a perfect choice as Amazon seeks to grow.
Amazon recently indicated they are conducting a search for a second $5 billion headquarters (HQ2) which would support as many as 50,000 employees. The Amazon RFP lists, among other preference, an educated labor pool and strong university system, a diverse population, compatible transportation systems and a high quality of life.
In his letter, Higgins highlights the Buffalo-Niagara region’s climate resilience, proximity to Canada and culture of innovation among the many community characteristic that make the Western New York community an ideal pick for the company’s next investment.
Higgins office has also reached out to local elected officials encouraging a coordinated response to Amazon’s appeal. The deadline for the Amazon RFP is October 19, 2017, with final site decision expected in 2018.