Economic Partnership Memes Amazon’s “Two-Pizza” Rule

By on September 13, 2017

by Tom Finan, Executive Director, Construction Forum STL

Much has been made of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezo’s “two pizza rule”.  Bezo won’t call or participate in meetings where two pizzas wouldn’t serve the entire gathering. He has applied that small, innovative team approach across Amazon’s culture.

The St. Louis Economic Partnership, which is throwing the region’s hat in the ring for Amazon’s HQ2 has built a similar, tight-knit, innovative, risk-taking approach to bring business to the region, Janet Wilding, vice president for major projects at SLEDP said.

“(Sheila Sweeney, SLEDP CEO) has built a team that is bold, innovative, and aspirational,” Wilding said.

Wilding, SLEDP CEO Sweeney, and Jamey Edgerton, senior vice president for business development, presented her team’s approach to Amazon HQ2, the 39 North bio corridor program, and other initiatives that the group is undertaking at Tuesday’s (Sept. 12) quarterly Construction Forum STL networking/speaker event. A total of 472 person registered for the free event.

Sweeney said that she received an alert of the Amazon RFP for its second headquarters at 6:30 a.m. the day it was released. By 2 p.m. that day, a regionwide task force was meeting to discuss the program.

She said that the most important thing the people of the region need to keep in mind, even though other areas appear to have a better edge is “Don’t talk ourselves down.”

She said the process of submitting the proposal could only result in positive long term impacts for the area.

Wilding presented the plan for the development of 39 North as a connected site directed at attracting businesses in the Ag/Tech sector. To download a copy of her presentation, click here.


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