Opportunity to shape community around Amazon HQ2
The fact that Amazon has announced a North American-wide search for its new Headquarters (HQ2), acknowledges that all three countries, the United States, Mexico and Canada all present various benefits and opportunities.
The tough part comes, when digging deeper, to determine which state or province may present the best value propositions. The tougher part comes, when moving beyond state level and looking at individual municipalities or local governments to find the best location for Amazon to put a shovel in the ground.
Jumping to the punch line – Simcoe County not only presents Amazon with good shovel-ready options, but an opportunity to shape the community around the HQ2 location that Amazonians can call home.
Located in the heartland of Canada, Simcoe County capitalizes on the key value propositions Canada and Ontario have to offer, including:
- A welcoming and predictable business environment;
- Fiscal and political stability;
- A highly educated and diverse workforce with faster and more predictable access to international talent;
- Competitive business and labour costs;
- High quality of place; and
- Most supportive environments for R&D and dynamic ecosystems for innovation on the planet.
Building on these key national and provincial attributes, Simcoe County, one of the fastest growing regions in the province, provides the perfect landing spot not only because our options meet Amazon's requirements, but for the additional benefits that go along with it. As mentioned, Simcoe County meets all of the key requirements to satisfy the needs of Amazon HQ2. We have:
- Greenfield options of at least 100 acres;
- Access to more than one million people within 30 miles;
- Access to a strong and growing talent pool;
- Proximity to major highways and arterial routes;
- Proximity to international airports;
- Access to mass transit; and
- A quality of life that continues to attract new residents and businesses to the region
We have no doubt that development options will be plentiful. What makes our region unique is the opportunity for Amazon to not just find a location that makes good business sense, but it is an opportunity to shape the community around Amazon.
Neighbouring with Toronto, Simcoe County benefits from the proximity to Canada's largest urban market while being far enough away to still have greenfield options to develop. If Amazon is in the market for a campus location that requires a larger footprint while benefiting from all of the amenities offered by a major urban centre, Simcoe County is the option.
As mentioned, Simcoe County provides Amazon with a unique opportunity to provide input into the development of the surrounding community. Should we have more apartment buildings and condos? Or do we want more townhomes and single family dwellings? Do we want more commercial retail or more parkland? Where should the trails go? Do we put the outdoor community theatre in this location or that one? The possibilities are endless.
Provincial, regional and local governments, along with area developers, are committed to work with Amazon to support the immediate needs associated with HQ2 as well as modify and 'reshape' development plans of surrounding communities to better accommodate the culture and lifestyle that Amazon strives to achieve.
We invite Amazon to join us and help shape our future.
Simcoe County welcomes Amazon to our region.
Amazon will find a diverse and growing workforce with the talent, knowledge and skill sets required to succeed in Simcoe County.
Simcoe County provides easy to use public transportation systems, along with high capacity road network, that is critical to Amazon’s success.
As well as being a great place to live and work, Simcoe County is Ontario’s four-season outdoor playground.
Additional key advantages that make Canada, Ontario and Simcoe County a top destination choice for investment.
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