Greensboro, N.C.--Piedmont Triad Partnership, Winston-Salem Business, Inc., High Point Economic Development Corporation, and Greensboro Chamber of Commerce teamed up to write a bid proposal for Amazon’s HQ2 project.
Bob Leak, Jr, of Winston-Salem Business, Inc., said “The proposal was sent to Seattle via overnight shipping for delivery today. We also sent a more interactive format of the proposal to Amazon via email.”
The Triad’s summary pitch was written as a news release, the same way Amazon writes a hypothetical product’s news release before developers write a single line of code, and announced that Amazon had chosen the Triad for HQ2.
“We think this news release format will resonate with the company and help us to stand out in a crowded field,” Leak added.
Part of the bid includes a fast-moving video of the three cities featuring the mayor or mayor protem from each city.
The Triad’s pitch to Amazon focuses on the rich diversity of the region such as geography, colleges and institutions, research parks, industry sectors, population, international visitors and companies, and culture.
Stan Kelly of Piedmont Triad Partnership say, “Our ‘Triad is Prime’ appeal for ideas from the community generated numerous ideas, many of which were utilized in the proposal.
Brent Christensen of the Greensboro Chamber says, “We hope we got the attention of the company through the Alexa Challenge, as we asked the Triad region to ask Alexa ‘Should Amazon choose the Triad for HQ2?’”
According to Loren Hill of the High Point EDC, the team pitched six sites to Amazon which are not being revealed at this time.
“We now await the next steps and stand ready for a site visit from Amazon,” Kelly added.