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Chamber: Amazon bid has been submitted

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And now we wait.

Officials with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp. (CREDC) today confirmed their proposal for locating's second headquarters in the midstate was submitted in hard-copy form earlier this week.

Deadline for submissions in the North American competition to land "HQ2" is today.

"Because this is a competitive process, we cannot share copies of the proposal at this time," a chamber statement indicated. A press conference regarding the proposal is set for this afternoon.

Chamber officials previously said the bid would focus on the former Harrisburg State Hospital site in Dauphin County, although chamber President and CEO Dave Black did acknowledge earlier this month that there were other sites the agency might spotlight, though he was not prepared to identify them yet.

The midstate bid will be up against significant competition from across the U.S. and Canada, and there are questions about whether Harrisburg-area transportation infrastructure is up to the challenge.

Still, chamber officials have said they believe the bid is worthwhile because it helps bring the region's attributes to the attention not only of Amazon's leadership, but site-selection professionals who may be closely watching the bid competition to scout locations for other developments.

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Taylor January 30, 2018 3:56 am

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CommissionerGaryE October 20, 2017 3:54 pm

Such proposals are not generally shared beyond the client company, and thus not a reliable source for site selection experts to "stumble upon" casually in looking for sites for other companies. If one generic proposal was all that was ever needed, every municipality could submit its standardized info to a central website, or post their videos to youTube and consider themselves "on the short list."

Bib October 19, 2017 12:36 pm

What a joke

LR October 19, 2017 11:52 am

The former State Hospital site? I don't think Amazon is looking for an opportunity to engage in charity work for local officials who lack the creativity to come up with viable ideas on their own. But I do agree with the go-for-the-gold-and-you-might-get-an-honrable-mention strategy. This assumes somebody had a LOT of free time to write a DOI RFP, making this submission a reasonable endeavor.