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Virginia putting together ‘strong proposal’ for Amazon HQ2

(MGN Online)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A leader in a regional economic development group says the Richmond area plans to make a strong regional push to try to lure Amazon to build its second North American headquarters in Virginia.

Hanover County Supervisor Angela Kelly-Wiecek, chairwoman of the board of directors at the Greater Richmond Partnership, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch she thinks the region has a good chance.

She would not provide information on the number of sites or where they are located. But she said officials are crafting “a very strong proposal together as a region.”

The Richmond region is working on a proposed package of three sites, according to the newspaper:

  • Tree Hill Farm, a 500-acre property along state Route 5 in eastern Henrico, near Interstate 295 and Pocahontas Parkway, that had been proposed for a mixed-used community before the recession hit;
  • North Boulevard, with more than 60 acres of city-owned land that includes The Diamond baseball stadium and direct access to Interstate 95 near its confluence with Interstate 64; and
  • The 160-acre property formerly proposed for Galleria Mall snuggled between Powhite Parkway, Chippenham Parkway and Jahnke Road at Chesterfield’s border with South Richmond in what was historically known as Granite.

State officials would not release specifics, but praised officials across the state for working together to look for the best prospects.

Last month, Seattle-based Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters that would employ 50,000 people.

Proposals are due Oct. 19.

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