Colorado digs deep for data to support Amazon bid, and one number comes up short

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:55:32 AM. State and local economic development officials asked developers to provide in-depth details on their locations and scrambled to see how many graduates the region could provide Amazon.
State and local economic development officials had asked developers and communities interested in hosting Amazon’s second headquarters to detail everything from the drive time to Denver International Airport to cellphone coverage and transit options. They had also scrambled to prove that colleges and universities in the region could provide Amazon with enough business and computer science graduates for the up to 50,000 positions the company could seek — while, in the process, revealing a weak spot in the state’s pitch. Those are some of the additional details found in nearly 600 pages of emails and reports that the Colorado Office of Economic Development released Monday night and Tuesday. They represented the second installment — the first was released last week — under an open-records request from The Denver Post and Denver7. A matrix that the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. sent out to those interested in hosting the Amazon campus asked for the usual details such as location, square footage and room for future expansion. But it also requested maps of infrastructure, fiber connectivity, cellphone coverage, nearby transit options, and information on sustainability programs and the permitting process. The sites offered were whittled down to the eight best options, which were presented in the final proposal, which was submitted to the Seattle e-commerce company Oct. 18. The emails show a scramble to get statistics, with the help of economic modeling firm EMSI, on how...Read more
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