Statement on Amazon’s HQ2

STATEMENT: Greater Washington Board of Trade Welcomes Amazon and Calls for Continued Collaboration to Better the Region

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov 13, 2018 – The Greater Washington Board of Trade, the region’s premier business organization representing all industry sectors, congratulates Crystal City on being selected as one of the two locations for Inc.’s second headquarters, dubbed “HQ2.” More than 200 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico competed to host the expansion of one of the world’s largest technology companies, and each should be commended for their strong effort.

Following is a statement from Jack McDougle, President & CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade:

“This is an exciting opportunity. Amazon’s expanded presence will be good for the region, not only because of the jobs and investments, but most importantly because of the technological expertise they bring. Amazon adds significant tech capacity to help further diversify and strengthen our economy. As our region continues to grow, we must continue to work together to take full advantage of this opportunity.”

Following is a statement from Kim Horn, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc. and Chair of the Board of Trade:

“Amazon’s decision is another sign of the Greater Washington region’s amazing talented workforce and economic competitiveness. Working together across multiple jurisdictions, we are not just the national capital—we’re a hotbed of innovation and economic opportunity.”

About the Board of Trade

The Greater Washington Board of Trade is the region’s premier business organization and has represented all industry sectors in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia for 130 years. Pro-business and non-partisan, the Board of Trade uses its tremendous convening power to strengthen our regional economy. It is focused on advancing technology and innovation in the region to drive inclusive economic growth and livability.


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