Portland area makes pitch for second Amazon headquarters

Kristopher Drake
October 21, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a letter yesterday to Amazon's CEO selling the virtues of investing in Canada, to help all Canadian cities with their bids. "While this is an extremely competitive situation, we are confident in what Cleveland has to offer and excited at the prospect of being Amazon's second home". It also sought close proximity to an global airport and access to mass transit.

"This is a great opportunity for us as a region to continue to tell our story to a global player", said Heather Ennis, president and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum.

Amazon says the site will bring 50,000 jobs to the area that wins, and will spend more than $5 billion to integrate themselves into that community. "The Lake County Council encourages Amazon to locate its second headquarters in Northwest Indiana". "You know, you have to approve permits pretty quickly, build probably big, big buildings, increase the density of the city", Bennet said.

But Saxton said there is some risk to a bid not being public enough.

Tulsa is considered a long shot for Amazon HQ2.

"I felt like it was possible", McDermott said.

Toronto's pitch to the tech giant, released Thursday, highlighted promises to grow the city's tech talent pool and the affordability of labour here, but offered no special subsidies.

The company behind Detroit's campaign, Bedrock Detroit, said in a statement, in part: "We wanted to share something created to go along with that bid that shows Detroit's vision for the future...the entire region came together to join forces and collaborate to show the world that Detroit was made to move".

Gann says Langford is banking its bid on the South Island's many attributes.

"The reality is that a Gary location provides the best of many worlds".

"We also have an added feature".

"Whether Amazon comes or not we've got a challenge to deal with in the context of housing", admitted Tory.

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