Greater Rochester Enterprise and Invest Buffalo Niagara announced a collaboration between the Buffalo and Rochester metro regions in pursuit of online retailer Amazon’s proposed second North American headquarters.

In early September, Amazon issued a request for proposals for a project related to potential site locations for the company’s second corporate headquarters, at which Amazon will hire as many as 50,000 new full-time employees with an average annual total compensation exceeding $100,000 over the next decade. The project is expected to require over $5 billion in capital expenditures.

By linking efforts, the combined Buffalo Rochester Metro Corridor can offer a compelling and competitive proposal, said InBN President and CEO Tom Kucharski and GRE Interim President and CEO Matt Hurlbutt.

The combined Buffalo Rochester Metro Corridor submission will provide detailed responses to the various components of the Amazon RFP, while expounding upon several potential proposal differentiators, including the well-documented affordability of the region, low operating costs for business located there, ease of travel—via bicycle, public transit, or automobile, and extensive access to leisure/lifestyle activities considered attractive to the prototypical Amazon worker.

The proposal document will feature dynamic site locations, information on the region’s existing and evolving innovation eco-system, and background on the area’s 60+ colleges and universities—including the Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, and University at Buffalo, amongst others. Additionally, the submission will include the Buffalo Rochester Metro Corridor’s central location within the internationally significant U.S./Canada community, as well as its ties to a multitude of Canadian businesses, universities and researchers, relationships which have proven to be mutually beneficial for Upstate New York’s talent and technologies.

“While there is little doubt that we will be up against some stiff competition, our team is committed to submitting a sophisticated, robust proposal that shines a positive light on the Greater Buffalo Rochester Metro Corridor, no matter the outcome,” Kucharski and Hurlbutt concluded.

Various area companies and business organizations, university and community leaders, and elected city and county officials are also contributing to the efforts.

Invest Buffalo Niagara is an economic development organization representing the eight counties of Western New York. Also an economic development organization, GRE works to attract new capital investments, create regional wealth and new jobs through the nine counties of Greater Rochester.

Courtesy of Greater Rochester Enterprise