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Irvine was Born for Amazon

Monday, October 30, 2017

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A letter to editorial board of the Orange County Register-10-28-17.

While the New York Times and other outlets initially failed to mention California—let alone Irvine—in the list of top contenders for Amazon’s HQ2, word about our beautiful state and vibrant city is getting out. What people are coming to grips with is, for the Amazons of the world, talent and a world-class lifestyle beat gimmicks and giveaways.

Fortunately, Amazon has never overlooked California or Irvine. Amazon already has 30,000 employees in the Golden State— second only to the 40,000 people it employs in Washington. There are 1,200 Amazon employees working in office space in the Irvine Spectrum today and we fully expect that number to grow.

The City of Irvine’s HQ2 proposal includes an offer from the Irvine Company that hasn’t been matched by any other city: a fully-financed and fully-approved, one-click headquarters in the best technology recruitment region in the world, anchored by University of California, Irvine.

Because Irvine is a master-planned community, the office space Amazon seeks is already built or entitled within the Irvine Spectrum business and lifestyle district. This means our roads and infrastructure have already been planned for the high-paying jobs Amazon would bring. And let’s be clear, Amazon wouldn’t be bringing 50,000 new people to Irvine, they’d be bringing 50,000 new jobs for our existing, highly-skilled workforce.

Quality jobs are vital to Irvine’s long-term prosperity. Irvine’s jobs base generates millions of dollars in revenues each year to fund a wide variety of services that benefit residents, from parks to public safety to road maintenance.

Looking back on the five decades-long transition from the Irvine Ranch of the 60s to the city Irvine has become today, we’ve been preparing for Amazon all along.

To learn more about economic development opportunities in Irvine, contact Linda DiMario.

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