Hoydick Calls for Bringing Amazon to Stratford Area
STRATFORD – Today Laura Hoydick, the endorsed Republican in the race for mayor of Stratford, called for a review of the potential to bring Amazon either directly to Stratford, or at least to the Bridgeport region. “Stratford and the greater Bridgeport region fits the bill perfectly for Amazon’s new corporate headquarters, and we have numerous locations right here in Stratford that would be ideal,” said Hoydick, who is currently the State Representative for the 120th District and Executive Director of the Stratford Chamber of Commerce. “We have the skilled labor force down here essential for Amazon’s operations, as well as access by highway, airport, train and medium harbor ports, and Bridgeport has a deep harbor port.” Hoydick said she would seek a regional effort to try to land Amazon. “The key to making this happen is regional cooperation,” added Hoydick. “I would look to work with the leaders of our neighboring communities to make this happen – the benefit to all of our communities in terms of jobs and economic development would be tremendous.” Hoydick expressed displeasure that Governor Dan Malloy has stepped forward to promote a Hartford location for the headquarters. “I know the governor is very tight with his former employee and now Mayor Luke Bronin, but honestly he should be looking beyond his determination to bail Hartford out,” she said. “The Bridgeport region is far better suited for Amazon’s headquarters, and has made MarketWatch’s short list of eligible locations. To be blunt, the governor’s intervention in favor of Hartford is directly and intentionally undercutting our region.” Amazon has indicated that it is searching nationwide for a new location for their corporate headquarters. They are seeking a city with one million residents in the region, business friendly environment and urban and suburban locations. The region that gets the Amazon corporate headquarters could mean jobs for as many as 50,000 people with salaries averaging over $100,000 a year.