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Amazon HQ2

In this May file photo, the Amazon logo is displayed at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square.

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC and the Dauphin County Redevelopment Authority announced Thursday evening they have officially submitted a proposal to host the Amazon HQ2.

A response to Amazon’s RFP from “SCPA-Harrisburg” was submitted in hard copy earlier in the week. It arrived Wednesday and the micro-site log in information was delivered to Amazon Wednesday morning.

“Because this is a competitive process, we cannot share copies of the proposal at the time of our press conference,” said David Black, president and CEO of the chamber and CREDC. “The response was focused on the site, workforce development and quality of life issues.”

The following were required by Amazon to be considered as a location for their second headquarters:

Metro area with more than 1 million people

Stable and business-friendly environment

Urban or suburban locations with potential to attract and retain strong technical talent

Communities that “think big” and creatively when considering locations and real estate options

Urban or downtown campus

A development prepped site.

“Amazon specifically requested a site proposal. We submitted one site, with great connectivity to downtown, transportation with infrastructure to support the project, reuse of existing buildings and new construction,” Black said. “If we don’t try, we will never succeed, and we understand that status quo is not good enough — we need to move forward as a region.”

The chamber and CREDC and DCRA’s goal is to have Amazon visit the region and the site. Appropriate follow-up will be made in the coming months to discuss with them the conceptual plans to support the 8 million square feet of office space and population growth.

A final decision will be made by Amazon in 2018.

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Executive Editor

Jeff Pratt is the Executive Editor at The Sentinel.

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