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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


A hyperloop route may zip between Kansas City and St. Louis

The earliest hyperloop routes might not be limited to wealthy tech havens like California or the UAE. Missouri officials and Hyperloop One are seriously exploring the possibility of a hyperloop route that would run between Kansas City and St. Louis. In theory, the pod-based system would shuttle you between the cities in under half an hour, instead of the nearly 4 hours it takes by car -- you could commute from one end of the state to the other for work.

There still needs to be a feasibility study that will cost about $1.5 million (thankfully, paid from private funds) before there's any construction. As far as hyperloop routes go, however, this is potentially ideal. Hyperloop One's Dan Katz observes that it would be an "incredibly straight" route, which is rather important for pods that can hit speeds of up to 760MPH.

This isn't the only other proposal in the middle of the US. Colorado is also considering possible links between Colorado Springs, Denver and (in Wyoming) Cheyenne. However, it may be indicative of what you can expect if and when hyperloop technology takes off. You might not see routes everywhere you'd like to go, but it could streamline travel in areas where cars take too long and aircraft are impractical.

Via: The Verge

Source: St. Louis Regional Chamber