The governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, sees a unique selling point in Denver’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters: the same “can-do” western attitude as the e-commerce giant. This is, however, without strong tax incentives. “We’re never going to offer $7 billion of incentives,” Hickenlooper, a pro-business Democrat and founder of a Denver-based brewery said.
“Look at how Denver and Colorado have recreated ourselves in the last 10 or 15 years as the most pro-business state in America…. This is one of the most desired locations for young professionals in America,” he said. “And over the long term, that’s going to be much more powerful — whether [Amazon gets] a puny billion dollars here or billion dollars there.”
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