Welcome to Greater Hartford
Welcome to Amazon’s riverfront HQ2, bridging the banks of the beautiful Connecticut River. Greater Hartford, named by the Brookings Institution as one of only 19 “Knowledge Capitals” worldwide, offers a larger labor force than many other metro areas, one of the highest academic concentrations in the nation, and a cost of living 15%-50% below other Northeast cities. Surrounding our capital hub is an eclectic blend of urban neighborhoods, charming New England suburbs, and small towns.
From your campus at the heart of this beautiful and vibrant region, you can join us in reinventing what was once America’s most prosperous city—where 19th-century industrialists revolutionized manufacturing and where America’s insurance industry revolutionized risk. Here in Hartford, we’re “trying to do hard things well”—facing longstanding fiscal challenges head-on and boldly.
As we stretch toward our new vision of inclusive growth in one of America’s most diverse cities, we invite you to reinvent with us. Greater Hartford Mayors’ Letter.
Choose Greater Hartford
At just 18 square miles, the City of Hartford is smaller than a single neighborhood in some sprawling cities. But the Greater Hartford region encompasses 38 small towns and cities that work as one cohesive regional ecosystem.
For example, next-door West Hartford earned the #15 spot on Money Magazine’s ranking of the “Best Places to Live” in the entire US. And Family Circle Magazine and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine rate West Hartford as top 10 in the nation for raising a family.
But West Hartford is just one of dozens of great communities within easy biking distance to HQ2—each with their own special character and unique history. So whether you are drawn to downtown living, the colonial charm of Wethersfield, the urban-suburban vibe of West Hartford, the country feel of the Farmington Valley, the many communities “East of the River,” or the bustle of nearby New Britain, it will all be easily accessible from your new HQ2.
Greater Hartford offers a move-in ready riverfront office tower and adjacent tailor-fit amenity space together totaling 750,000 sq. ft. Additional vacant riverside properties offer tens of millions of additional mixed-use space by-right.
Greater Hartford offers a hub of highly educated, highly innovative workers—attracted by both our high-growth tech startups as well as our Fortune 100 institutional employers.
Hartford is dedicated to promoting multi-modal transit. In addition to rail and bus, the Amazon HQ2 campus will be directly linked to the national East-Coast Greenway project— connecting the campus to suburbs around the region by scenic bike trails.
Greater Hartford already has the tools in place to partner with Amazon as we reinvent what “green” can mean in an urban context—from energy districts and net-zero buildings to people-movers.