GMCC Statement on NH Amazon HQ Proposal

By October 18, 2017 Advocacy, Chamber Insights


Governor Chris Sununu and state officials recently released the details of New Hampshire’s proposal to attract Amazon’s second North American Headquarters to Londonderry, New Hampshire. Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) President & CEO, Mike Skelton, represented the GMCC on the working group of stakeholders that assisted with the development of the state’s proposal.

Skelton released the following statement after NH’s Amazon HQ2 Proposal was released:

“The GMCC was pleased to support and assist with the state’s efforts to prepare the Amazon proposal. Southern New Hampshire is an ideal location for Amazon’s new headquarters. The region offers an unrivaled quality of life, easy access to Boston, a talented and highly educated workforce, high quality air service from Manchester Boston Regional Airport and easy access to Logan International Airport, and a friendly business climate that is bolstered by transparent and highly engaged local and state governments eager to work with companies like Amazon. The proposed Londonderry site offers convenient highway access along with hundreds of acres of shovel ready developable land that Amazon can use as a blank canvas to create the ideal headquarters.

Only ten minutes from this location is the heart of New Hampshire and Northern New England’s economy, the City of Manchester. Should Amazon locate to this site in Southern New Hampshire, Manchester will prove to be one of the most important assets and amenities to this project. Manchester, the largest city north of Boston, is a thriving hub of technology and innovation. Manchester’s Millyard, perhaps the most successful historic mill redevelopment in the nation, is home to more than 800 businesses, more than 10,000 employees, and 3.5 million square feet of mixed use office space. Manchester’s Millyard is roughly the equivalent of the size of the first three phases of the proposed Amazon headquarters and demonstrates that such a project is not only feasible in New Hampshire, but is the type of project that can thrive in the Greater Manchester region.”

In September, we published an article titled, “Hey Amazon – Why Not Manchester?” in an effort to rally our city and state to think big and submit a bid for this once-in-a-lifetime transformational economic opportunity.

Click here to review the complete Amazon HQ2 Proposal.