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When It Comes To Population, Amazon Says Denver Came Up Short For HQ2

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Metro Denver residents who were worried about the impact Amazon’s HQ2 would have on the region can breathe a sigh of relief: There just aren’t enough people here to be attractive to the e-commerce behemoth.

Denver residents saw little benefit to landing Amazon’s second North American headquarters, and many worried about what it could mean for traffic, home prices and schools in a city that is already dealing with some of the ills that come with rapid growth. HQ2, with its planned 50,000 employees, could have stretched the city's resources even thinner.

But it turns out that Denver didn't have the bodies needed to support the company anyway.

The Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. talked with the Amazon team on Tuesday and Wednesday. The feedback was that Denver's population isn't large enough considering the project's scope, Metro Denver EDC Vice President of Economic Development Sam Bailey said. Bailey said he expects to have more follow-up conversations with the Amazon team.

"We've worked with this team in the past on other projects," Bailey said. "We expect to have more opportunities with them in the future."