September 11th, 2017 – INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined Fishers Mayor and Vice-Chair of the Central Indiana Council of Elected Officials Scott Fadness to announce a coordinated, unified regional effort to engage Amazon and bring the electronic commerce and cloud computing company’s second headquarters to Central Indiana. In the coming weeks, Mayor Hogsett and Mayor Fadness plan to build a team of local tech, business, and community leaders to develop a comprehensive proposal that highlights Central Indiana’s assets and complements Amazon’s existing presence in Indiana, which currently employs 9,000 in 5 statewide centers.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Central Indiana to come together to highlight our region’s incredible assets and share with national stakeholders what makes Indianapolis a growing hub for technology,” said Mayor Hogsett. “In the coming days, we will convene the best minds from our local tech sector, as well as key business and community leaders, to build on Amazon’s already strong presence in Central Indiana and share the unique story of what Indianapolis has to offer with the world.”
Hogsett and Fadness pointed to Central Indiana’s strong talent pipeline, bolstered by exemplary institutes for higher education; a walkable, livable downtown; and a culture of innovation that has received national recognition from tech leaders, as assets for Amazon.
Over the last decade, Central Indiana has emerged as a leader in innovation and technology for the Midwest. In 2016 alone, Indianapolis and the Central Indiana tech community received national accolades as one of the country’s top tech hubs, with sizeable growth in job creation and a thriving community of women in tech. Currently, over 35,000 people in Marion County are employed in information technology – one of the region’s fastest-growing industries.
Last week’s announcement by Amazon projected the creation of a secondary headquarters would result in 50,000 new jobs with an average compensation exceeding $100,000 per year. Communities across the country have expressed interest in responding to the company’s request for proposals, including Central Indiana.