Despite pooling assets, Buffalo, Rochester still long shots in bid for Amazon’s HQ2
If you combine one long-shot bid for the coveted second Amazon headquarters with another long-shot bid, does that make the odds of winning all that much better?
Development officials in Buffalo and Rochester, after candidly assessing their meager chances of luring Amazon and potentially 50,000 jobs to one of the cities, said Thursday that they have agreed to work together in their pursuit of the online retailing giant.
Teaming up, they reckon, takes two weak bids and creates a single one that has added heft and can better provide some of the things that Amazon wants. Instead of separate bids from metro areas that barely meet the minimum population threshold that Amazon set of 1 million people and that rank outside the Top 50 for total population, the combined bid covers an area with 2.2 million people that ranks in the high 20s.
“It’s really us versus everybody else, and this is a very competitive process,” said Thomas A. Kucharski, president of Invest Buffalo Niagara, the local business-development and marketing group that is
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