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Mayor to review 1,000 Amazon products in bid for company’s new HQ

It's been about a month since Amazon announced it was accepting bids from US cities to host its second major headquarters. A city that comes away with a new Amazon campus could potentially see a significant economy boost, so competition will certainly be fierce. And with the deadline for cities to submit their proposals exactly one week away, Kansas City, Missouri has emerged as perhaps the city with the most creative strategy. As noted by VentureBeat, Kansas City mayor Sly James purchased 1,000 products from Amazon for charity and is reviewing every single one -- and the reviews very quickly pivot into why his city would be a great place for the company's new HQ.

James explained his plan with a few videos on Twitter and also set up a URL that lets interested parties (like Amazon) see everything he's reviewed. Products run the gamut from 22-inch wind chimes priced at only $14.99 ("I live in beautiful Kansas City where the average home price is just $122K, so I know luxe living doesn't have to cost a ton") to the classic kids story Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day ("Alexander had a really bad day, but here in KC, we're ranked as one of the 20 happiest cities to work in right now..."). You get the idea.

James just kicked the program off yesterday, but he already has posted dozens of reviews -- though a read through his entertaining Twitter feed makes it sound as if he's not actually doing all the posting himself. But there's little doubt this goofy but heartfelt venture is driving some positive buzz for Kansas City. Whether or not that'll make a difference in the bidding process remains to be seen, but the city does meet enough of Amazon's criteria that it should be in the running.

Via: Venturebeat

Source: KC 5 Stars

Amazon wants US cities to bid for its second major HQ

Amazon is looking for a second company headquarters and wants cities around the US to convince the retail giant why it should take up residency with them. Amazon says it plans to invest more than $5 billion in the new site, called HQ2, while creating up to 50,000 new jobs, and claims the development will bring "tens of billions of dollars in additional investment" to whichever area wins the bid. The company points to its Seattle location as evidence of this, claiming that investments in the site from 2010 to 2016 brought in an "additional $38 billion to the city's economy -- every dollar invested by Amazon in Seattle generated an additional 1.4 dollars for the city's economy overall."

The company has produced an eight-page request for proposal document, with submissions open until October 19 2017. Amazon said it would prioritize bids from metropolitan areas with more than one million people that provide a "stable and business-friendly environment", and boast communities that "think big and creatively". The final site selection will be announced in 2018. "We expect HQ2 to be a full equal to our Seattle headquarters," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. "Amazon HQ2 will bring billions of dollars in up-front and ongoing investments, and tens of thousands of high-paying jobs. We're excited to find a second home."

Source: Amazon