In September 2017, Amazon announced they would accept bids on a second headquarters project that is expected to invest over $5 billion in construction and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs for the location the company chooses.
In January 2018, Amazon announced that two Pennsylvania cities — Philadelphia and Pittsburgh — made its shortlist for HQ2.
With Pennsylvania’s strategic location in the heart of the East Coast, nationally ranked educational institutions, and a workforce equipped to support future growth — we think Pennsylvania is prime for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America.
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You’ve likely heard our state nickname is the “Keystone State,” but if you weren’t Pennsylvania-born or raised, you may not know how we earned that moniker or the role it plays in our identity.
During the founding of the United States, Pennsylvania not only provided the foundational keystone for our nation’s new, revolutionary democracy, but also served as the ideological compass for our American values of freedom, innovation, and tolerance. No other state is home to as many “firsts” as Pennsylvania can claim. In addition to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, we are the birthplace of the first hospital, first university, first stock exchange, and more.
Today, Pennsylvania continues to lead the way for successful businesses and communities with innovation, imagination, and our legendary can-do spirit. Our location at the geographical center of the East Coast, rich cultural heritage, abundant natural resources, and job-ready workforce has made us a hub for commerce and a leader in technological innovation and education.
We’ve been here since before our country’s founding, and we’re equipped to support and sustain business for centuries to come. Pennsylvania helped build America, and we continue to inspire companies and communities in their pursuit of happiness.
We know companies aren’t confined by borders, and neither are we. Pennsylvania provides easy access to top assets within our own borders and those of our neighbors too. With just an easy drive, quick train trip, and an even shorter direct flight, we’re halfway between the U.S. financial and regulatory hubs of New York City and Washington, DC. Being well-connected and having the lowest cost of living in the Northeast U.S. – that’s something we think everyone can appreciate.
Our workforce is characterized by a special combination of education, experience, and our legendary can-do spirit — resulting in new innovations and technologies. It’s in our DNA. Pennsylvania workers built this nation, and that spirit and drive —along with our state’s founding principles of openness and tolerance — continues to push our workforce to new heights.
From corporate headquarters to manufacturing facilities to state-of-the-art R&D labs, Pennsylvania has the full spectrum. Our economy is also globally competitive, and our economic density, diversity, and localization provide cost-effective access to critical supply chains.
Pennsylvania’s infrastructure is comprehensive and internationally connected. With nearly half-a-trillion dollars’ worth of goods and services moving through our state transportation system every year, businesses have confidence that they and their products have the reach they need to be effective. In Pennsylvania we’re also proud of our connections as part of the Northeast corridor, and our direct international ties.
Pennsylvania’s education system produces the workforce that drives our economy. From pre-K through college and graduate programs, some of the strongest schools in the country can be found in the Keystone State. In addition to being a national leader in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, Pennsylvania has some of the top graduate programs for business and computer engineering.
In Pennsylvania we also value our early education and K-12 education system: Making sure our youngest students receive a world-class education is vital to their — and our — future success.
In Pennsylvania, our business assets go hand-in-hand with our quality of life advantages . We have all of the essentials — the lowest cost of living in the Northeast U.S., affordable real estate, prominent world-ranked universities, fulfilling careers, and top-ranked health institutions. Our state boasts an ideal blend of thriving cities, walkable urbanscapes, and charming small towns — with plenty of rugged woodlands and lush countryside to explore off the beaten path.
We also take pride in our rich history. As the birthplace of our nation, Pennsylvania was founded centuries ago on the idea that all are welcome and can practice their faith and culture as they see fit. We still live by that grand idea today because ours continues to be an open and welcoming state.
This is an expression of our full support and invitation to Amazon to select a location in the Keystone State for Amazon HQ2. We are thrilled with the opportunity to become a partner with you and your company on this incredible and unique endeavor to create a second company headquarters in North America.
We are confident that Pennsylvania has the perfect metropolitan area with the features most important to Amazon, including a robust and highly talented workforce. Pennsylvania’s education system produces the workforce that drives our economy. From pre-K through college and graduate programs, some of the strongest schools in the country can be found in the Keystone State. In addition to being a national leader in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, Pennsylvania has some of the top graduate programs for business and computer engineering.
As unique as this opportunity is, we appreciate Amazon’s acknowledgment that the stature of such a project creates the opportunity for bold state-level economic development action. Pennsylvania is doing just that.
We understand that Amazon intends to select and announce the final site in 2018, but regardless of which Pennsylvania location Amazon ultimately chooses, we are committed to attracting impactful, job creating projects like HQ2. Additionally, we welcome Amazon to contribute ideas and suggestions as we craft a WIN-WIN partnership between Pennsylvania and Amazon.
President Pro Tempore Senate of Pennsylvania
Speaker Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Majority Leader Senate of Pennsylvania
Majority Leader Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Democratic Leader Senate of Pennsylvania
Democratic Leader Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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