Tulsa mayor enthusiastic about Amazon proposal
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
It's become the one-stop shop on the internet where all your needs can be met, and city leaders are hoping that T-town can fulfill all the needs of the new Amazon headquarters.
"We have put together what I think is an excellent proposal," said Mayor Bynum.
One of the things Amazon is looking for is proximity to an airport that can handle a lot of traffic. The mayor's pitch?
"The reality is our airport has the physical capacity right now to handle up to 50 percent more daily flights," he said.
Amazon is also looking for a good quality of life for its employees.
"Amazon has a tremendous opportunity to have affordable cost of living for their employees here in Tulsa and a workforce that frankly for them would be more affordable than it might be in much larger cities," he said.
Mass transit is also important to Amazon, and something Tulsa is currently trying to beef up.
"If Amazon has a need for particular forms of public transportation that we don't offer today, we're going to want to work to accommodate that," he said.
As for the nitty gritty of Tulsa's proposal itself…
"I'm not going to get into any of the specific details on the proposal that we put together," smiled Bynum.
Ok, so tight-lipped on that but one possible analogy; hey Amazon, Tulsa's kinda like a Chia pet, you might not think much of it at first, but just give it time.
"Our pitch not just to Amazon, but to any other employer is to look at not just what Tulsa is today, but look at what Tulsa is going to be 5 years from now," said Bynum.