Holcomb: Indiana Won't Limit Itself to One Candidate for Amazon Headquarters
CARMEL, Ind. -- Indiana may submit multiple bids for Amazon's new headquarters.
Amazon has put out a nationwide cattle call inviting cities to send proposals by mid-October for a second headquarters to join its Seattle flagship. Indianapolis and Fishers are spearheading an effort to assemble a central Indiana bid, while Gary took out an ad in the New York Times to announce its interest.
Governor Holcomb says the state will partner with both regions and any others which decide to pursue the five-billion-dollar project, but won't pick a single standardbearer for the state.
Holcomb portrays Indiana as a natural partner for the online retail giant, not only for its central location and business-friendly climate, but for what he calls a "pioneering spirit in our D-N-A" that matches up with Amazon's culture of innovation.
Amazon has spelled out parameters for the new campus which rule out many cities. The company says it needs 100 acres to build on, in easy reach of mass transit, and within 45 minutes of an international airport. And it wants a metro area of at least a million people. Only Indianapolis, northwest Indiana, and the counties across the Ohio River from Cincinnati and Louisville can meet that requirement.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard says Carmel will play a supporting role in the Indy-Fishers bid, but doesn't have enough available space to be Amazon's new home itself. And he says Carmel almost never grants the kind of tax incentives Amazon is seeking. But he says Carmel's cultural and quality-of-life assets are selling points for the wider region.
Zionsville and Whitestown have also said they'll join in preparing the central Indiana bid.
Mayors Joe Hogsett of Indianapolis (left) and Scott Fadness of Fishers are spearheading a push to land Amazon's new headquarters for central Indiana. (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)