If not Amazon, how about Apple?

Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo, C, said he’s sent a letter to Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, inviting him to visit the region as the tech company begins its own search for a second campus. Lorigo’s announcement came shortly after Amazon released its list of 20 finalists for its second headquarters with a joint bid from Buffalo and Rochester not on the list.

“We made our pitch to Amazon in the last few months, unfortunately it was unsuccessful according to news today, but now it’s time we make our pitch to Apple. When one door closes, another opens. This isn’t the old Buffalo. We think big and we take our shot. I know what our community has to offer. I’m confident we can compete with any city big or small in the country,” Lorigo said.

Apple’s plan to create a 20,000 new jobs is not quite as grand as the Amazon plan, which is promising up to 50,000 positions, but it will likely stir a similar frenzy among mid-to-large sized American metropolitan areas. Lorigo said Erie County is getting an early start.

“I’ve already begun to reach out to other elected officials and our regional economic development agencies to make sure we have a plan in place. When opportunities like this arise, we have to work together to make the best possible pitch,” he said.

The economic development agencies may be able to build off of the plan they put together for Amazon. They said while the rejection is disappointing, the proposal highlighted a number of features that could attract companies to WNY including low operating costs, ease of travel, and an extensive university system.

“Overall, this joint effort yielded much information regarding how our two communities can work together to promote our region to future suitors and top-tier talent throughout the world,” the presidents of the Buffalo and Rochester agencies said.