At their October 10 regular council meeting, Sooke Council agreed that a letter should be sent to Langford, in support of their bid to house Amazon’s HQ2. It was an item under “New Business,” and there was a draft letter (origins unknown, and not on District letterhead) that read as follows:
October 10, 2017
Re: Amazon Headquarters
This letter acknowledges that the District of Sooke supports the City of Langford in its effort to bring Amazon HQ2 to Southern Vancouver Island.
Next door neighbours to Langford, the people of Sooke are excited by the prospect of Amazon moving into the neighbourhood! Sooke provides access to endless recreation, affordable housing and all the amenities of a small town, just a few scenic miles away.
Business owner David Evans spoke to this at the Public Input section of the meeting. He requested that Sooke Council support Langford’s application to bid on Amazon HQ2. The future of Vancouver Island, Evans argued, is service and technology. If we don’t put ourselves out for the far fetched and uncomfortable ideas, he continued, we won’t get them. The secret to success is to keep yourself in a slight state of discomfort. This region has a pretty small chance of getting it, Evans noted. But if you don’t try, you will never get to yes.
Amazon is looking to establish a second head office, which could generate US$5 billion in investment and create up to 50,000 jobs in B.C.
Communities on Southern Vancouver Island, including Langford, are preparing to submit proposals for consideration by Amazon.
- For more information about Amazon HQ2, click here.
- Details on the Amazon HQ2 RFP are available here.
Also from October 10, 2017 Regular Council Meeting
- Two motions calling for time to process defeated by Sooke Council
- Future rental apartment gets development, variance permits approved by Sooke Council
- Sooke supports Langford’s Amazon HQ2 bid
- Delegation reveals Sooke Council divided on being informed
- DELEGATION: Recent bad Council decision tied to the lack of an up-to-date OCP
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