DE wants its HQ2 pitch to attract all businesses, not just Amazon

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Announced earlier this year, Amazon HQ2 is expected to be a $5 billion-plus investment and will provide up to 50,000 jobs, and states like New Jersey, New York, and California are pulling out all the works to ensure HQ2 calls their state home.

At least 12 Canadian communities have revealed they submitted bids for the headquarters by Amazon's Thursday night deadline, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax.

More than 100 communities across the United States were expected to join the frenzied bidding war, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie offering Amazon up to $7-billion (U.S.) in tax incentives.

The company outlined minimum standards that included a metropolitan area with more than one million people and a stable and business-friendly environment that could attract technical talent.

Janik would not discuss details of the bid.

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Earlier this week, the incumbent mayor, Denis Coderre, said securing the Amazon headquarters would be a boon for Montreal, while Projet Montréal leader and mayoral candidate Valérie Plante said she wants to make sure negotiations benefit the city, too. They suggested that when members of the public talk about the project on social media, they use the hashtag #AMAZONHQ2CLE. It stated that the bid "portrays the city's and county's economic momentum, livability, geographic advantages and other assets".

"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.

Seventy-three community groups from cities across the USA have signed onto a "wish list" for Amazon in an open letter. Our city has a palpable sense of energy and is in a position of readiness that we have never seen before.

Former Amazon executive James Thomson, who headed the business allowing outside companies to sell on Amazon's platform, said Friday he was more impressed by Toronto's bid than he had anticipated. It did not identify them.

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