Ship free or die: Will Amazon find Londonderry a good fit for HQ2?

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Page four of the 78-page proposal has a special message from Dean Kamen.

LONDONDERRY, NH – Londonderry is the new sweet spot for business in NH – or at least, that’s the pitch. On Wednesday Gov. Chris Sununu unleashed a formal invitation to Amazon to move to the “Live Free or Die” state and build it’s new headquarters. The 78-page proposal  promotes the state’s freedom loving motto, includes a big endorsement from Dean Kamen, and also a small jab at our metropolitan Massachusetts neighbor, with a section called: “All the benefits of Boston without all the headaches.”

The proposal, “Breaking Ground, Breaking Barriers & Living Free,” was announced Oct. 18 after much anticipation during a press conference in Londonderry, with Sununu who was joined by BEA Commissioner Taylor Caswell, Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith and Londonderry Town Council Chairman Tom Dolan. They released New Hampshire’s response to Amazon’s ‘Request for Proposal’ to locate their second North American headquarters in Londonderry, part of a united effort by state officials and business leaders – including Manchester city officials – to grow New Hampshire’s economy and workforce by recruiting Amazon’s HQ2.

“As part of the regional metro-Boston area, southern New Hampshire offers all the benefits typically associated with major metro areas yet maintains the advantages of being in a truly enterprise-friendly state: access to a world-class workforce, a pro-business, low-tax environment, and a streamlined regulatory environment,” Sununu said. “By embracing a joint venture with the State of New Hampshire, Amazon stands to gain a partner that believes the customer comes first.”

“New Hampshire’s proposal to Amazon uses all the existing advantages that all employers already enjoy – no sales or income tax, a paid-for interstate highway expansion and a dedicated exit, unmatched quality of life, and a site on that highway that is ready to go today.  It’s all already here,” said Commissioner Caswell. “Our response provides detail on all the benefits that come with being a part of the vibrant New Hampshire business community.  We look forward to Amazon becoming part of that community.”

 “As we like to say in Londonderry, ‘Business is Good. Life is Better.’ Should Amazon decide to locate its second headquarters in Londonderry, you will discover as many others have, that our saying is not merely a slogan, it’s a way of life,” Smith said. “We value the business community we have in town and we’ve worked hard to foster an atmosphere that welcomes development and encourages entrepreneurship.”

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