Lt. Gov. Colyer: Kansas 'great place' for Amazon's new headquarters

Posted at 5:48 PM, Sep 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-10 18:55:51-04

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Cities from around the country are bidding to be the home of Amazon's second headquarters location. Sunday, Kansas' soon-to-be governor, Jeff Colyer, talked about why the Kansas City area is a perfect location. 

Amazon is a household name. 

"We already have 2,000 jobs from Amazon, we have worked with them," said Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer. 

Officials in Kansas and Missouri hope to make Amazon an even-bigger name in the heart of America. 

"This is such a project with such a scale, I have never seen it in 30 years," said Blake Schreck, President Lenexa Chamber of Commerce. 

Kansas City is among places like Chicago, Dallas and San Diego who are interested.

Amazon is asking for some specific requirement like onsite access to mass-transit, and that the location is less than an hour away from an international airport and two miles from the interstate. 

"We actually have railroad ties to anywhere from Kansas. You can go anywhere in the U.S. from Kansas in about 18 hours by rail," said Colyer. 

Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer will take Gov. Sam Brownback job if Brownback is confirmed to join President Trump’s cabinet. 

Sunday he told 41 Action News this pocket of Kansas has everything Amazon needs. 

"There is a nexus of science and technology of hard working Kansans right here and we are going to give the most aggressive package that we ever have in Kansas," said Colyer. 

"Our effort will have to match that scale. Both sides of the state line will have to do a lot of work to find a way to accommodate what they need," said Schreck. 

Kansas City Mayor Sly James says he thinks Kansas City, Missouri is a prime location for the new headquarters. 

Amazon is also asking for fiber optic internet connections and a coverage map showing strong cellular phone service.

The metro area has a major cell phone company and Google Fiber in its backyard. All things Colyer thinks will set this area apart.

"Kansas is a great place, it is the heart of America, if we play our cards straight of the next few years, we are going to grow dramatically," said Colyer. 

Colyer says it also helps that the terminal at the Kansas City airport is potentially going to be rebuilt.

The deadline to submit proposals is October 19th.