Business and political leaders in the Indianapolis-area announced Monday that the city will make a proposal for Amazon’s next headquarters. The group has 30 days to submit their proposal to the tech giant.
Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett made the announcement alongside Scott Fadness, mayor of Indy suburb Fishers. The bid to lure the Amazon headquarters to Indiana will be a region-wide effort, including nine counties.
Indy Chamber CEO Michael Huber says there is momentum the Indianapolis Amazon bid.
“The timing for the Indianapolis metro-area to compete for a project of this magnitude has never been better,” Huber says.
Fadness says even if the region doesn’t become home to Amazon’s so-called HQ2, the effort won’t be a failure.
“I feel confident, that when the day comes 30 days – roughly 30 days from now, for us to speak with a collective voice, it will be an impressive one,” Fadness says.
Hogsett says the claims of Indianapolis being a long-shot for Amazon’s selection are nothing new – the city has been hearing the same thing since the Pam-Am games in 1987.
“We have a tradition, we have a history, here in this city, regardless of what the odds are, we have overcome them,” Hogsett says.
Hogsett says the collaborative bid will help the region aim for other major projects in the future.