Business Development Coverage: MRRA’s Proposal for Amazon HQ2 Project

Amazon HQ2 News: Brunswick Landing, Maine’s Center for Innovation, Among 238 Bidders for Online Retailer’s Second Headquarters

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) on October 18th, 2017 submitted its proposal in response to online retail giant Amazon’s request for proposal for a new site for Amazon HQ2 business expansion.

Amazon says it received 238 proposals from 43 states and several regions in Canada and Mexico. It will announce the winning bid sometime in 2018.

We think we stack up pretty well vs. the opposition in New England. Brunswick Landing has many of attributes Amazon is looking for — airport, high quality of life, reasonably priced housing, minimal traffic, talented workforce, lots of colleges nearby, some business assistance programs such as New Market Tax Credits and Pine Tree Development Zone, sustainable growth focus with concentration on renewable energy / clean tech and the ability to be creative and think outside the box.

Brunswick Landing Amazon HQ2 proposal

There’s plenty of space at Brunswick Landing to accommodate Amazon, particularly round the airport where they could do research and development on their Prime Air UAV project.

As Wayne Gretzky says:
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Excerpt from the Boston Globe’s story on MRRA’s bid:

Brunswick, Maine

■ Status: Submitted bid

■ Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, told the Globe that he and his colleagues, along with officials from the state and the town of Brunswick, will submit a bid Wednesday proposing that Amazon build at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, which is being redeveloped.

■ There’s 175 acres of available space there, and the site, now called Brunswick Landing, is already home to an outpost of another major e-commerce company, home-goods seller Wayfair. Levesque said the site also offers open space and a “unique opportunity” for Amazon to do research and development, including for the company’s plans to use drones to deliver packages.

■ Brunswick is “not an urban center, but we’re a very livable community on the coast of Maine,” including in terms of affordability, traffic, and recreational offerings, he said. There’s an Amtrak line that connects to Boston, and it’s only about a two-hour drive from Boston, he added.

■ Levesque said the bid will offer some financial incentives but not at the scale other communities plan to offer. “Our programs are modest, but they’ve been successful in attracting major companies, like Wayfair.”

MRRA’s Steve Levesque was interviewed by Bloomberg News. Here’s what he had to say about the Amazon HQ2 deal:

“We’re not a large metro area, but we have access to rail and an airport, we have 100 percent green energy, which might appeal to them. We’re affordable, and there’s lots of recreational activities.”

Below are some of the stories written about our bid for Amazon’s business expansion project.

Our View: Bids to host second Amazon headquarters show what Maine’s future could be
Portland Press Herald Editorial, October 24th, 2017

Brunswick among nearly 250 Amazon suitors
 Forecaster story by Callie Ferguson, October 23rd, 2017

Former base touted as well-suited for corporate colossus
 Times Record story by John Swinconeck and Juliette Laaka, October 20th, 2017

Brunswick Landing hopes to land new Amazon headquarters
 WCSH Channel 6 story by Don Carrigan, October 18th, 2017

Here’s a look at every New England city that wants Amazon’s new headquarters
 Boston Globe story by Matt Rocheleau, October 18th, 2017