BOSTON — Unlike the state partnership with the city of Boston that helped lure General Electric to the capital city, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday it would be a “mistake” for his administration to pick sides among communities attempting to attract Amazon’s second national headquarters to Massachusetts.
Bids to Amazon to convince the tech giant that Massachusetts is the right place to locate its $5 billion new headquarters are due by Oct. 19. While pitches are expected for a number of prospective sites, Baker said the state will focus on selling Massachusetts as “big-time player” in the technology, big data and robotics fields that is making investments in the types of things that should be important to a company like Amazon.
“I think the best thing we can do with respect to Amazon is to give them what I would describe as a menu of options,” Baker said.
New Bedford officials have said they plan to pitch the municipal golf course site while Taunton has pointed to the Galleria Mall as a possibility. Fall River Office of Economic Development Executive Vice President Kenneth Fiola Jr. said a bid on land owned by the Redevelopment Authority in the city’s biopark is also planned.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo supports Suffolk Downs on the border of East Boston and Revere as the ideal location for the headquarters, while other communities, including Worcester and Weymouth, are expected to make their own bids.
The Boston Herald reported Tuesday that DeLeo has reached out to community leaders, including Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun, for their support in helping convince Amazon to build in Massachusetts. Baker told the newspaper he expects between 10 and 20 applications from Massachusetts cities and towns.
“I think it would be a mistake for us to say, you need to go here,” Baker told reporters Tuesday.