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Greater Irvine Chamber CEO Bryan Starr Explains Why Irvine is still in the Running for Amazon HQ2

Friday, January 19, 2018

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As part of the national and global conversation surrounding Amazon’s recent announcement of its HQ2 short list selections, Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Bryan Starr has made a notable clarification.

The Los Angeles Times’ Daily Pilot on Jan. 18 wrote that Starr isn’t willing to give up hope just yet for his city or others in the region.

“Amazon shortlisting ‘Los Angeles’ doesn’t necessarily mean the city of Los Angeles,” the Times-Daily Pilot quoted Starr as saying. The quote continues, “While Irvine was not specifically mentioned, there is a very good possibility we are still in the running because of the way Amazon identified its selections; they identified regions by using Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA). Irvine is part of the Los Angeles/Orange County MSA.”

Starr also said in an email to the Greater Irvine Chamber Board of Directors, “Further indication that the door is still open for Irvine as an option is the fact that the City of Los Angeles did not actually submit a proposal. However, many cities in the Los Angeles/Orange County MSA did, including the County of Los Angeles, whose proposal included outlying areas like Pomona and Newhall Ranch.”

“I don’t think we can rule other L.A./O.C. cities out,” Starr said in the Times-DailyPilot article.

Read the full Los Angeles Times-Daily Pilot article.

Bryan Starr is the executive officer for the Greater Irvine Chamber, Economic Development, and Destination Irvine.

Category: Chamber News

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