Ohio senators, representatives push state assets at Amazon

The congressional delegation in closely divided Ohio is bridging partisan differences to pitch the state as the ideal location for Amazon’s second North American headquarters.

In an Oct. 5 letter obtained by The Associated Press, both Ohio senators and all 16 representatives of both parties pitched Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos on the state’s assets.

They cited Ohio’s advantageous location, high-quality higher education network, large and talented workforce, robust transportation infrastructure and “business-friendly” environment.

The letter drafted by Republican Sen. Rob Portman stops short of promoting any particular Ohio city.

The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber is advocating for Enterprise Park at Eastwood in Howland to become the Internet-based retail giant’s second headquarters.

The 105-acre site is owned by the Cafaro Co., which also owns the Eastwood Mall next door.

On Monday, the chamber said the site is the best local one suited for Amazon and although the location does not meet all of the company’s requirements, it meets some of them.

The chamber is submitting its proposal to economic development organization Team NEO and JobsOhio, which has an existing relationship with Amazon and is coordinating submissions from across Ohio to Amazon.

The Mahoning Valley is among a growing number of communities trying to attract Amazon. In Ohio, Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati have joined cities positioning separately to attract the Seattle-based company’s HQ2.

Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters last month. The site would employ 50,000 people.

Proposals are due by Oct. 19. The company said it will choose and announce the location in 2018.