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Congressman Tim Ryan Urges Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Build Second HQ in Northeast Ohio

February 15, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging him to build the company’s second headquarters in Northeast Ohio. Yesterday, Amazon announced that it was cancelling its plans to build its second headquarters in New York.

“Northeast Ohio is a perfect fit for Amazon to build its second headquarters. We’re home to over 8 million people and have a strong, reliable transportation infrastructure with easy access to four major airports and state-of-the art ports. We’ve built a business-friendly environment and have an extensive web of renowned colleges and universities that can provide top talent to help Amazon succeed and grow into the future. We have people here ready to work, and the dedication and commitment they show every day is second to none. I will work with Jeff Bezos and leaders in our community to make this a reality. And I hope Amazon can consider Northeast Ohio as their newest home,” said Congressman Ryan.

The full letter is below or can be viewed here:

February 15, 2019

Mr. Jeffery Bezos
Founder, President, CEO & Chairman
Amazon.com, Inc.
410 Terry Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109

Dear Mr. Bezos,

With the recent news of Amazon’s decision to not locate a headquarters in New York City, I am writing to urge you to consider Northeast Ohio for your second headquarters.

The Northeast Ohio region is home to over 8 million people. Many of these individuals and families live within an hour commute of a major metropolitan area, including Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh. This region is within 600 miles of 60% of the entire U.S. population as well as 70% of all U.S. and Canadian manufacturing. Transportation is key, and Northeast OH and Western PA have easy access to four major airports and state-of-the art ports.

The region is home to a business-friendly environment and has an extensive web of renowned colleges and universities that would sprint to provide the talent that would be critical to the success of your project. These attributes, along with strong support from state and local governments and economic development organizations, make this region a strong candidate for this project.

I am fully committed to helping to aid in the job growth of the region. The potential multi-billion-dollar investment and influx of thousands of jobs would have an astronomical impact for not only the region but both the States of Ohio and Pennsylvania.  In a time of great income inequality and many American communities being left behind by globalization and automation, this is an opportunity for Amazon to be a corporate leader in helping set the example for a more conscious free enterprise system. This investment would plug in a region of America that boomed during the Industrial Age but has lagged economically since the decline of steel and auto.  Our people don’t want a handout, they want a hand up.  You can singlehandedly transform this region and plug millions of Americans into the economy, and we can help you continue to build your company with a skilled and motivated workforce. 

I urge you to reconsider Northeast Ohio for this investment, and I would like to extend an invitation for you to meet me at your convenience.  I can promise you that you will receive a much better reception than you have in other areas.  Let’s show America what we can do when we work together. 

Sincerely,

Tim Ryan
Member of Congress

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