An Open Letter to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos from The Denver Egotist

By The Denver Egotist / /

Dear Mr. Bezos,

Let’s talk about Denver for a few minutes. We know you probably earn about $1 million in that time, but hey, you’re earning it whether you read this or stare at a blank wall. Some may say the latter is preferable, but you don’t become a billionaire by staring at walls.

You and your top-level executives are looking at places to build your second headquarters. Well, second, for now. We all know this new campus will become your main building, and that’s why it’s important to choose the right city.

For a while, Denver was at the top of that list. Now, this beautiful city is sliding down the rankings, and we have been asking ourselves why that would be.

It seems that a small but loud group of people from the city are saying it’s not going to happen for numerous reasons. A local right-wing (actually, extreme right-wing) talk show host called Dan Craplis says you would never consider coming here in a million years because of legal marijuana. So, let’s talk about it. After all, Colorado is now famous for it.

We should first point out, this is the same guy that says anyone who wants a gun will get one, so putting any kind of gun law in place would be pointless. Yet, in his mind, repealing the marijuana laws here would suddenly stop the vast majority of people using it.

Or to put it another way, making weed legal meant more people who never would have bought it suddenly did. It seems that sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander.

Yeah…and this guy’s a lawyer.

Let’s just say, people who want weed will get it. No matter which state you move to, you’ll have to contend with the fact that some people use it, and some don’t. There is weed in Seattle right now. And as you have drug testing as part of your employment process, it’s a no brainer. If people want to work at Amazon, they won’t use dope. It’s as simple as that.

There’s also a lot of chatter about how an Amazon HQ would drive up prices everywhere. Homes would become more expensive. The cost of living would skyrocket.

Well, guess what? That’s happening whether you build your new HQ here or you don’t. According to Homes.com, Denver is the number one city Americans want to live in, and it’s not even close. 40% of people surveyed chose it, followed by Miami at 22% and L.A. at 15%.

The quality of life is one of the major reasons people want to come here. We have the mountains. We have clean air. We have space to build homes. We have a burgeoning tech industry, replete with talent. Oh, and a little company called Google has just paid over $130 million for properties on its Pearl Place Campus. If Colorado is good enough for Google, why wouldn’t it be good enough for Amazon?

Want more? A company called RedBarre is building an enormous digital media and technology campus in Parker, Colorado. This $1 billion project will create over 4,000 jobs. And then, just down the road, a $300 million development in Castle Rock will give local skiers a 65-acre facility to use year-round.

Make no mistake. Colorado is growing. Denver is growing. The talent is going to be here, and what’s more, the talent has been here for some time.

Move to Denver and you will have your pick of the best and brightest people from every industry you can think of. Advertising and marketing, public relations, web development, sales, you name it, you will have smart people lining up to work for your company.

And, of course, let’s not forget the old real estate adage — location, location, location. This is the best of the west. Not too hot and humid, not too cold, with seasons you can define, and a short hop on a private plane to the East or West coasts. You’re in the center of it all. DIA is one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world for a reason.

Sure, people have thrown out places like Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Boston. But look at every factor and you’ll see that while they have strengths and weaknesses, Denver is by far the most promising pick to check off every box on your wish list.

You want a metro area with at least 1 million residents? Check. Close proximity to a major international airport? Check. Mass transit? Got it, and it’s getting better every year. Quality higher education? Look at University of Colorado, MSU, CSU and many more. An educated workforce? Damn straight. Business-friendly environment? Definitely.

The question you must ask yourself is not “Why Denver?” but “Why Not Denver?”

Think about it. You’ll have trouble coming up with a list.

10 Responses

  1. Anonymous November 27, 2017

    This was fucking stupid. We don't want Amazon here.

  2. Anonymous November 28, 2017

    Many people, including myself, would very much like Amazon here in Denver. Your thoughtful and well-articulated comment of "fucking stupid" doesn't quite convey WHY you don't want a successful and leading-edge company in your city. Can you please enunciate and articulate your argument better you fucking neanderthal?

  3. Anonymous November 28, 2017

    Man, this site is such a joke.

  4. Anonymous November 28, 2017

    Lol. All these ad folks thinking that Amazon gonna hire dem if they come to town.

  5. Curious November 28, 2017

    Some dumb comments, but, in all honesty, why is everyone so anxious to get Amazon here? Seems like Denver can barely handle the population it currently has, so why the drive to further up-end that?

  6. Anonymous November 30, 2017

    Really? This is an argument FOR Amazon? *Cliche mention of weed (and a radio host no one listens to... the writer's age is showing...) *Denver's already growing with or without you so you should just come (pretty sure most cities can claim this) *Wash over the home prices/wages impact on a small populace *Then the blah blah blah... quality of life (SKI TRAFFIC!), Google (minor office), DIA (45 minutes away at best), and, oh yeah, the multitude of half ass/half talented marketing/advertising/digital agencies that no doubt you're behind one of these (after your commute from the burbs while listening to AM radio) so you're just chomping at the bit that maybe they'll let you in the door of their new cool HQ. I'm sure you're also behind the lame attempt called ColoradoLoves.com This wreaks of someone with no originality that he probably started drinking scotch after getting hooked on Mad Men.

  7. Sduse February 8, 2018

    You don't want Amazon harshing your mellow? Do worry about it. Just sit on your dirty couch and pretend to play guitar, your fingers through your hair and ponder the meaning of your snow board. When it happens, you won't know it anyway. As for the Egoist...thanks for having a firm grasp of the alphabet and an opinion.

  8. Anonymous February 23, 2018

    No Amazon in Denver, it's already too overpopulated.

  9. Me Thoughts May 31, 2018

    So the Egotist has a hard-on for Amazon? Not surprising. I tend to think Denver would be just fine without them. Plenty of growth and gentrification already happening, at a speed that's tough for a lot of folks to keep up with. An Amazon HQ would just exasperate the situation. Seems other cities could use a boost in the arm more than Denver.

  10. JP July 7, 2018

    Inarticulate argument. Stick to your expertise. Please.

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