While legal marijuana acted as a catalyst for growth, the reality is that Denver is just an all-around awesome place to live. It was only a matter of time before people found out and decided to move here. That’s why a massive company like Amazon initially decided to establish roots here and it could potentially be planning to make an even bigger move into the city.
With a fulfillment center in Aurora, a 2nd one being built in Thornton and a distribution center planned for Boulder, it’s apparent that Amazon seems to enjoy everything that Colorado has to offer.
Just recently, Amazon started up a nationwide bidding war by announcing they are looking to establish a 2nd headquarters outside of Seattle. Unfortunately, not every city will qualify and some have already been eliminated thanks to Amazons very specific requirements.
According to the New York Times, Denver is the ideal place for its 2nd headquarters.
What are the requirements that put Denver in the theoretical lead? In a nutshell, they don’t want to stray too far away from the lifestyle they’ve built for themselves in Seattle. This includes, among other things, “on-site access to mass transit, a commute of 45-minutes or less to an arterial road–no more than two miles.”
Of course, the city would have to be business friendly, have an incredible amount of space (500,000 square feet) and offer an almost unheard of incentives package to make it work. The economic impact on whichever city is chosen will be massive as they expect an influx of 50,000 new employees and a $5 billion investment over two decades. Amazon also has their sites set on a growing city and impressive job talent pool all of which Denver is a hot bed for and has been for the last several years.
If Denver has a great shot at making it work, they will still have to beat out the likes of Boston, Washington D.C., Raleigh, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, and Portland. The city does have a history of landing these large bids. While they missed out on Boeing in the early 2000’s, they were able to lure DaVita Inc. in 2009 and Arrow Electronics in 2011. Davita headquarters is now the first thing you see when getting off the light rail at Union Station.
Whether you welcome Amazon with open arms or rather they look elsewhere depends on how long you’ve lived here. Natives will no doubt rather Amazon set up shop in a different city. While the economic growth is nice, the traffic and homeless population are not. Newer Denver residents, who were a part of this influx of new people, would surely love to have Amazon come to town so they have even more to brag about how cool of a city it is to live in.
Which side are you on? Do you welcome the economic growth or have you had enough?