Marlborough leads 495 belt communities in Amazon bid
Marlborough, MASS. October 19, 2017 – The City of Marlborough and the Towns of Hudson, Northborough, Southborough and Westborough submitted a joint bid to host Amazon’s second headquarters yesterday.
Initiated and led by the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the five-community partnership has been named 495 CROSSROADS, underscoring the area’s strategic location along Interstate 495 between New England’s two largest cities, Boston and Worcester.
The 495 CROSSROADS proposal offers Amazon a network of 10 area development sites, totaling 6,614,812 square feet, spread out across a 17-mile radius within the participating communities. All sites are located less than 2.5 miles from the interstate and provide intra-network access by car within 39 minutes.
According to the proposal, the 495 CROSSROADS offers unique proximity and access to top talent from more than 50 institutions of higher learning, including some of the nation’s best colleges and universities, in the Greater Boston and the Worcester areas.
“We are close enough to Boston and Worcester to tap into the college infrastructure and startup ecosystem,” the proposal reads, “but far enough away to provide high quality of life, affordable housing, outdoor recreational opportunities, farmers markets, a local food scene, arts and culture, and classic New England town centers.”
The proposal also cites the area’s business-friendliness and extensive experience in servicing large corporate entities, including GE Healthcare Life Sciences, WholeFoods, Hologic, EMC/DELL, Raytheon, Boston Scientific, Quest Diagnostics, The TJX Companies and Western Digital, as primary arguments for Amazon’s consideration.
“The 495 CROSSROADS is already a thriving technology and innovation corridor, where Marlborough alone hosts about 30% of the state’s technology jobs,” said MEDC executive director, Meredith Harris. “This proposal to Amazon truly showcases the I-495 region and highlights all that we have to offer.”
Amazon is expected to receive the proposal today.
To view a copy of the 495 CROSSROADS proposal for Amazon HQ2, go to:
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The Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is the state chartered economic development corporation for the City of Marlborough, MA and represents a public-private partnership for planning. MEDC works with municipal and private investors to foster economic development, job growth and community revitalization.
For a complete overview of MEDC, visit MarlboroughEDC.com.
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