A Bid For Amazon HQ | Oxnard Makes Its Case For World-Class Business And High-Paying Jobs

 

Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn recently held a fast-paced series of meetings with City staff to strategize Oxnard’s “getting into the ring” as a location for Amazon’s new “HQ2”. 

On October 4, Governor Brown called a make-or-break meeting in Sacramento for cities that wanted consideration as an HQ2 location; Oxnard was represented at that meeting by City Manager Greg Nyhoff, accompanied by Ventura County’s Deputy Executive Paul Stamper.

“The City Manager was the perfect emissary to declare our very real intentions to locate world-class businesses in Oxnard. Greg met with the Governor’s business development team in Sacramento, as did dozens of other cities, but Amazon would be hard-pressed to find a better location than Sakioka Farms on the Oxnard Plain,” according to the Mayor.

Mayor Flynn, City Council members, and City staff have been working with Sakioka property owners to find the best possible occupants for the 430 acres site just off Highway 101, zoned for commercial or industrial park use.

“Amazon HQ2 would be a great addition to Oxnard.  Oxnard residents would benefit greatly by having Amazon come to our community.  As we move forward with the application process we will be looking at County impacts with local and regional partners.” says Kymberly Horner, Oxnard’s Economic Development Director.

In agreement with Director Horner, Assistant City Managers Ruth Osuna and Jesús Nava have both found working closely with Oxnard residents to be a significant part of their relatively new jobs. “Oxnard residents have a passion for their City like no other place I have served,” says ACM Nava.

“Amazon would find a warm welcome and caring community in Oxnard,” added ACM Osuna. Both agreed it would be a great match between company and residents.

“For Oxnard, the benefits of bringing a world-class company like Amazon to our City are enormous,” says City Manager Nyhoff. “For Amazon, Oxnard would be something of an unexpected, but truly outstanding location right off Highway 101: affordable land, room to locate staff, a highly-educated regional workforce, five regional universities, proximity to Los Angeles and several regional and international airports.”

Sakioka Farms has approval for 4 million square feet of commercial space, which meets Amazon’s HQ2 requirement to accommodate 50,000 employees.

“The City’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2 signals our determination to attract high-paying, high-quality jobs to Oxnard,” says Mayor Flynn. “I look forward to personally showing off our City to any visitors we receive from Seattle—or anyone else who understands that when it comes to business, Oxnard means business.”

 

City of Oxnard | Office Of The Mayor


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