In New Jersey's centralized pitch for Amazon HQ2, Camden is among top towns - Technical.ly Philly

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Oct. 5, 2017 12:17 pm

In New Jersey’s centralized pitch for Amazon HQ2, Camden is among top towns

Newark, Jersey City and New Brunswick are also top contenders to get the blessing from the Christie administration.

Camden, as seen from the Philly waterfront.

(Photo by Olivier Le Queinec via Shutterstock)

According to a report from N.J.-based business news site ROI-NJ, four New Jersey towns were informed by the state’s Economic Development Authority that they’d made it to a second round in the state’s centralized pitch for Amazon’s HQ2 bid process.

Camden — the “City on the Rise” that has been working to raise its tech profile — was included with New Brunswick, Jersey City and Newark for requests for additional information. The report, penned by former NJBiz.com editor Tom Bergeron, says the four proposals will go to Gov. Chris Christie, whose team will submit one or more locations with the state’s official backing.

Other Jersey towns can still independently submit their bids without the Christie administration’s blessing.

Ahead of the Oct. 19 deadline, Philly is working alongside local leaders to put together a comprehensive Philly proposal.

Site selection specialist John Boyd, says the neighboring town of Camden can be a strong contender in the process. The Jersey-based expert says Camden may benefit from its “impressive” urban turnaround.

“One of its biggest plus is its proximity to Philly and having a network of public transit,” said Boyd. “But also, Camden benefits from the state’s incentive package.”

In Philly, Councilman David Oh is singing a similar tune.

But Boyd cautions against early optimism over the news: “I wouldn’t read too much into that. The application process is still underway.”

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

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