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4 proposals made for Connecticut to be Amazon’s new headquarters

When Amazon has announced plans to open a second headquarters in North America that will employ as many as 50,000 workers, the scramble was on among cities across the state and nation to make their pitch.

The company announced last month that it is searching for a city to host the new “HQ2” facility, which will cost at least $5 billion to construct and operate.

“We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters,” said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. We’re excited to find a second home.”

Amazon said it would prefer to open the headquarters in a suburban or urban area with more than 1 million people. It’s looking for a community that “thinks big.”

In Connecticut, bids were put together by Bridgeport and New Haven, Danbury, Hartford and Stamford, and Waterbury.

The Governor’s proposal for Hartford and Stamford can be seen here. 

The company said that while it would hire teams and executives for the new location, employees who currently work in Seattle would be offered the chance to relocate.