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October 12 , 2017
Jeffrey Bezos 1200 12 th Avenue South Suite 1200 Seattle , WA 98144
Dear Mr . Bezos :
I write to encourage you to give careful consideration to the many California cities interested in becoming the next home for Amazon ’ s newest headquarters .
Having already invested in new facilities in our state , and partnered with us on smart public policy solutions , Amazon knows firsthand what California has to offer - but it bears repeating .
The Golden State is home to the best universities and research institutions in the world , a uniquely qualified and talented workforce and the most dynamic combination of innovation and investment on the planet . In fact , more than half of all venture capital investment flows to California and more than a quarter of all new patents in America originate here . We also lead the nation in manufacturing output and jobs .
Beyond these strengths , we have a government in California that works - and our public investment in infrastructure and affordable housing solutions is unparalleled . In recent months I signed landmark legislation - passed by supermajority votes in the State Legislature - to help increase the supply and affordability of housing in California and invest $ 54 billion in our roads over the next ten years . We are also building the country ’ s only high-speed rail system .
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