Buffalo-Rochester economic development leaders respond to not making short list for Amazon HQ

Posted 18 January 2018 at 11:42 am

Press Release, Greater Rochester Enterprise and Invest Buffalo Niagara

Earlier today Invest Buffalo Niagara and Greater Rochester Enterprise were notified that the Buffalo-Rochester Metro Corridor has not been selected to advance in Amazon’s second North American headquarters (HQ2) site location review.

While this news is certainly disappointing, we’re proud of the comprehensive proposal we put forth on behalf of Buffalo and Rochester. The joint collaboration between Buffalo and Rochester has been an inventive exercise in big picture, regional thinking focused on the attraction of new capital investment and jobs in Western New York. By linking efforts, the combined Buffalo-Rochester Metro Corridor offered a sophisticated, robust and compelling proposal that showcased the talents of our 2.2 million people and our extremely livable communities.

Our region boasts a number of key differentiators, including well-documented affordability, low operating costs, ease of travel—via bicycle, public transit, or automobile—extensive access to leisure/lifestyle activities, dynamic development site locations, an existing and evolving innovation ecosystem, 60+ colleges and universities, and a central location within the internationally significant U.S./Canada community. We also offer a highly-skilled talent pipeline, strong regional competency in radio-frequency identification (RFID), sustainable packaging, flight controls, drone technology, high-performance computing, software development, and data analytics, to ensure that companies located here remain competitive within the global economy.

Overall, this joint effort yielded much information regarding how our two communities can work together to promote our region to future suitors and top-tier talent throughout the world. And our organizations will continue to work toward attracting new companies to our region that are similar to many of those who already selected Upstate New York as their place to do business, including: Athenex, Cloudcheckr, Datto, ON Semiconductor, Sentient Science and Trove Predictive Data Analytics.

Thank you again to the many community and regional stakeholders who contributed to the compilation of our RFP response. We look positively ahead to the prospect of pursuing additional opportunities on behalf of the region.

Matt Hurlbutt, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise

Tom Kucharski, President and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara