INTRODUCTION

On behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we are excited to invite Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Massachusetts. As you know from your existing operations here, Massachusetts offers an innovative culture led by world-class research institutions and universities, a growing economy that succeeds because of productive collaboration between government and private industry, and an exceptional collection of development sites that meet all of Amazon’s needs for its HQ2.

Our unparalleled constellation of 125 colleges and universities is a unique resource that creates opportunity in Massachusetts. Ideas become opportunities when these engines of research and talent connect with pioneering entrepreneurs, business leaders, and science and technology companies. These institutions produce the best educated workforce in the country and have helped make Massachusetts a world leader in technology, science, and health care. We think they can make great things happen for Amazon, too.


Charles D. Baker

Governor


Karyn E. Polito

Lieutenant Governor


Stanley C. Rosenberg

Senate President


Robert A. DeLeo

Speaker of the House

No games. No politics. No drama.
Just governing, leadership, and getting things done.

JD Chesloff
Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Roundtable

QUALITY OF LIFE

QUALITY

Best state, according to U.S. News & World Report, thanks to our strong economy, excellent health care, and great education.

EDUCATION

Best public K-12 education of any state, according to Education Week.

HOUSING

On track to add 224,000 units to our housing stock statewide by 2030.

Massachusetts is driven by our greatest asset: our people. Our public schools are ranked Number One in the country, and we have a diverse, global professional population hailing from some of the best universities in the world. We work together as civic-minded neighbors committed to our thriving community and role as an innovation hub.

Bithiah Carter
President, New England Blacks in Philanthropy

TALENT

DEGREES

Nearly half of Massachusetts residents have college degrees – the highest of any state.

ACADEMIA

Home to 125 colleges and universities. 400,000 students—250,000 students in the Boston area alone. 130,000 degrees awarded annually.

MATH & SCIENCE

33% more workers in math and computer science-related occupations than the national average on a per capita basis.

DEVELOPERS

Double the number of systems software developers than the national average on a per capita basis.

AWARDS

Massachusetts career vocational and technical education schools won 36 medals at the national 2017 SkillsUSA competition in areas that include robotics and automation technology, mobile robotic technology, and related technical math.

MILLENNIALS

Millennials make up 35% of Boston's population.

Just as important, our colleges and universities are strong in the areas that matter most to Amazon. According to U.S. News & World Report, Massachusetts is home to:


MIT

#1 school for engineering

#2 school of undergraduate programs

NORTHEASTERN

#1 school for internship and career services

HARVARD

#1 business school

BABSON

#1 school of undergraduate entrepreneurship programs

Massachusetts offers the most highly educated and talented workforce that any organization could hope to draw upon. Our proximity to a world-class education system—from kindergarten through higher education—ensures that students enter the workforce ready to embrace new challenges and be a meaningful contributor to a company’s success.

David F. Torchiana, MD
President & CEO, Partners HealthCare

INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM

INNOVATION

Best state for innovation, according to the Milken Institute.

GROWTH

Boston named the top city in the nation for fostering entrepreneurial growth two years in a row by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

R&D

Highest R&D investment per-capita and as a percentage of GDP of any state.

STEM

Highest per-capita employment in STEM occupations of any state.

PATENTS

Second in technology patents per capita among all states.

WORKERS

Nearly 40% of workers are in the innovation economy.

CAPITAL

Over $50 billion in venture capital under management by Massachusetts companies.

When iBoss was looking to expand, we evaluated many different locations for our new headquarters, as there is no shortage of technology hotbeds across the country. But Massachusetts offered something nobody else could: a state government that understands the risks and provides private industry with the tools, people, and support needed to meet the security challenges of today and tomorrow.

Paul Martini
President & CEO, iBoss

TRANSPORTATION

MBTA

1.3 million people ride the MBTA (metro Boston’s transit system) every day.

LOGAN AIRPORT

Logan International Airport offers nearly 1,200 flights daily to 75 domestic and 54 international destinations.

HOURLY FLIGHTS

Flights depart Logan hourly every weekday for New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

We also knew of, and were truly impressed by, the strong bipartisan working relationship between Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, and their respective teams. City and state officials were true partners in our relocation, in everything from site selection to permitting our new campus. And the partnership continued strong even after we made the move. Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh worked with us every step of the way so we were able to break ground on our new campus in record time.

Ann R. Klee
Vice President, Boston Development & Operations, GE

ENVIRONMENT

OPEN SPACE

Over 25% of land in Massachusetts is permanently conserved for open space, recreation, watershed protection, natural habitat protection, and agriculture.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Ranked the most energy-efficient state seven years in a row by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

If I were starting now I would do things very differently. I didn’t know anything. In Silicon Valley, you get this feeling that you have to be out here. But it’s not the only place to be. If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston. [Silicon Valley] is a little short-term focused and that bothers me.

Mark Zuckerberg
Co-Founder, Facebook

OUR PROPOSAL

Massachusetts offers the business environment, the resources, and the development sites to meet Amazon’s needs now and in the future. We are a state that has always been willing to embrace bold ideas, to launch new ventures, and to welcome newcomers. We hope Amazon will accept our invitation to discover a great future here in Massachusetts.

Download our proposal by clicking on the button below.

Please contact Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing & Economic Development with any questions or concerns.

 jay.ash@state.ma.us      (617) 788-3610