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Wagner, Luetkemeyer Send Letter To Amazon CEO In Support of St. Louis’ Bid For Amazon HQ2

Oct 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) sent a letter to Jeff Bezos, the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon.com, in support of the St. Louis area bid for Amazon HQ2.

“As the longstanding ‘Gateway to the West,’ St. Louis’ identity is complementary to Amazon’s mission of connecting the world through commerce,” states the joint letter. “The entire St. Louis area is in the throes of an exciting transformation,” they added. “We have no doubt an Amazon presence in St. Louis would bolster the ongoing developments that are already creating long and meaningful change. Now, during the early onset of this transformation, is the time for Amazon to invest itself in the region.”

The full text of the letter to Jeff Bezos is below and attached:

Jeff Bezos

Chief Executive Officer

Amazon

c/o Site Manager Golden

2121 7th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98121

October 18, 2017

Dear Mr. Bezos,

We write you in unified support for the St. Louis Economic Partnership’s Amazon HQ2 proposal. As congressional representatives of the region, we are confident that the strengths of the St. Louis area provide an ideal setting for the Amazon family.

The St. Louis region has a metro population of over one million people and spans across two states. As the longstanding “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis’ identity is complementary to Amazon’s mission of connecting the world through commerce. The region has unparalleled access to some of the largest national rivers, highways, and railroads. Additionally our international airport offers necessary and available infrastructure for your company to operate in a global market.

The entire St. Louis area is in the throes of an exciting transformation. The developments of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency regional headquarters and the Microsoft Technology Center in St. Louis have paved the way for substantial investment all throughout the region. St. Louis also boasts one of the fastest growing tech and start up scenes, which has been bolstered by the critical support of local officials. We have no doubt an Amazon presence in St. Louis would bolster the ongoing developments that are already creating long and meaningful change. Now, during the early onset of this transformation, is the time for Amazon to invest itself in the region.

Perhaps the best testament to St. Louis’ suitability for Amazon is its strong sense of community. The people of St. Louis are proud to dig their roots in a hometown with high-quality education, a low cost of living, and ample opportunity. We are blessed with a vibrant culture that includes multiple world-class universities, the largest outdoor theater in America, one of the largest urban parks in the world, and numerous attractions that are free to the public. Collectively, St. Louis is a diverse and welcoming region that is well suited for the Amazon community to grow and thrive in for generations.

We enthusiastically support the St. Louis region’s bid for Amazon HQ2 and we encourage you to reach out to our offices so that we may personally convey why we believe St. Louis is the prime location for Amazon’s second home.

Sincerely,

 

Blaine Luetkemeyer                                                    Ann Wagner   

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

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