Cities Bids are in for Amazon's Second Headquarters

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Amazon says they received 238 proposals from across North America as the company searches for someplace to build their second headquarters.

The online retail giant published a map Monday showing that bids came from D.C. and all but seven states - Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming - as well as from most of southern Canada, three regions of Mexico and Puerto Rico. Amazon says it would mean 50,000 new jobs, and an investment of up to $5 billion.

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Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Halifax and Calgary are some of the Canadian cities that submitted proposals.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors also voted to send a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in support of the local bid. Chicago is one of the USA cities competing to house Amazon.com Inc's second headquarters "Amazon HQ2". By holding the auction for HQ2 publicly, the company was likely able to pressure cities into competing to give Amazon better write-offs, subsidies, or tax breaks to an even greater degree. "We're excited to find a second home".

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The Chula Vista proposal was bolstered last week when its City Council approved a $400 million incentive package for Amazon, which would have HQ2 incorporated into the city's Millenia mixed-use mega-development.

The bulk of the package comes from $1.32 billion in state EDGE tax credits, which provide companies with tax breaks when they promise to create jobs in IL, the sources said.

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New York, Newark and Atlanta are among the USA cities that have put in their own bids. But the region faces stiff competition in the bidding war with numerous other cities offering land and tax incentives. Austin-Round Rock, Texas, was rated first and Atlanta was second.

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