Cal Poly Pomona, Fairplex, Pomona and Los Angeles County have made a proposal to Amazon for Pomona to be the new home for the internet giant’s second headquarters.
Supported by a coalition of business, education and health care institutions, transportation and government agencies and utilities, the proposal, called Amazon PolyPlex, highlights education, innovation and commerce.
“By joining forces with Fairplex, the City of Pomona and the County of Los Angeles, we are proposing the opportunity to tap into the limitless potential of this region, where innovation, creativity, education and commerce converge,” Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley said. “As a polytechnic university, we have a distinct model of hands-on education that teaches our students to adapt, collaborate and succeed in an ever-changing world, exactly the kind of employees that Amazon values.”
In addition to providing smart, talented graduates and strong educational programs, Cal Poly Pomona has land available for development at Campus South (formerly the Lanterman Developmental Center) and at Innovation Village.
“We know that there will be intense competition,” said Fairplex President and CEO Miguel A. Santana, “but we are confident that our Amazon PolyPlex bid will stand out among the best of them. We check off all the boxes. We have available land, an educated workforce, world class colleges and universities, affordable housing, proximity to rapid transit and international airports, and strategically located in one the largest, most diverse and dynamic metropolitan areas on Earth.”
Strategically located at the intersection of four counties and five major freeways and highways, Amazon Polyplex signifies a new day in Pomona, one in which city leaders aim to build on its renaissance and brand it as the new hub of Southern California.
The Amazon PolyPlex proposal exceeds the core preferences building and site requirements of the Amazon HQ2 Request For Proposal, including proximity to major freeways, airports and mass transit, along with requirements for square footage, both initially and in the company’s long-term plans for the new headquarters.
In addition, the proposal includes real estate and infrastructure incentives as well as technical career training and educational programs at Cal Poly Pomona and Fairplex to help train and prepare the company’s workforce from entry level to executive.
“Our community has unified in support of the Amazon PolyPlex proposal in an unprecedented way,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “As someone who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, graduated from Cal Poly Pomona, and has proudly represented this community at the local, state, and federal governments for over 30 years, I can honestly say that I have never seen anything like it. This is a unique bid that will have tremendous benefits for Amazon and the entire region.”
Thursday is the deadline to submit a proposal to Amazon. The company is seeking 100 acres of real estate where it will invest $5 billion to build a second North American headquarters for a proposed 8 million square-foot facility, which would employ 50,000 people. Amazon will make its final site selection and announcement sometime in 2018.