Transparency critical in Colorado’s proposal for Amazon headquarters

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 02:21:23 PM. Colorado plans to make public its bid to land Amazon’s second headquarters somewhere in the Denver metro area on Thursday, and — much to the public’s chagrin — portions of the report li…
Colorado plans to make public its bid to land Amazon’s second headquarters somewhere in the Denver metro area on Thursday, and — much to the public’s chagrin — portions of the report likely will be kept private. We certainly hope that when the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation releases the proposal, it redacts lightly and strives for transparency. Our great state is among more than 200 other jurisdictions fighting to lure Amazon, and the various entities have handled the question of whether the public has a right to see their proposals in different ways. Dallas-Fort Worth is keeping its bid completely under wraps. Boston released its proposal — “Boston. Yes.” — but its incentives page reads in one part like a perfunctory guide so Amazon can find incentives programs in state statute. We hope Colorado played it that cool in its application, and it sounds from some reports as though the the Centennial State did. But as The Denver Post’s Tamara Chuang and Aldo Svaldi reported last week, the state’s efforts at transparency so far have been somewhat lacking. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, a state entity, denied portions of a public-records requests made jointly by The Post and Denver7. Other documents were redacted with the state claiming either “deliberative process” or “confidential commercial information.” Without a doubt, the document in question is a public record. Although it was ultimately submitted by the Metro Denver...Read more
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