Amazon

Associated Press

Amazon has announced it will build a massive new order fulfillment center near the Colorado Springs airport, bringing more than a thousand new jobs to the economically distressed southeastern part of the city.

“This is the manifestation of great success for [the] southeast,” said Bob Cope, the city’s economic development manager.

“You're going to have so many jobs here and those people are going to want to… live close to work, others are gonna want to go out to lunch," Cope said.

When it comes to the Olympic-style bidding for Amazon's second headquarters, the nation's capital and its neighbors could have joined together in a united front.

Instead, the District of Columbia and the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia decided to compete against each other.

Merchandising giant Amazon wants to open a second headquarters – called Amazon HQ2 -- outside of Seattle. Colorado is pulling together what it hopes is a winning bid, but it’s a competitive venture.

“This has gotten the attention of the nation for that matter -- and North America, so we’re competing internationally,” said J. J. Ament, the CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.