Amazon HQ2 Bid - Finalist

Paxtyn Merten filed this request with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority of Virginia.
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From: Paxtyn Merten


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

• A copy of the bid submitted in response to Amazon's request for proposals for the site of its second headquarters — document(s) which would have been sent between September 1, 2017 through January 20, 2018 — and any supplemental materials provided to Amazon at the same time.

When I previously requested this document, the FCEDA cited exemptions under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act Section 2.2-3705.6.3, which permits exclusion of “memoranda, working papers, or other information related to businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Virginia, prepared by a public body, where competition or bargaining is involved and where disclosure of such information would adversely affect the financial interest of the public body.”

However, now that Amazon has selected the sites of its second headquarters, there is no longer a competition, so the documents should be subject to public disclosure.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Paxtyn Merten

From: Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Hello,

I’ve forwarded your email to the staff members here who handle FOIA requests. I know they are working on your original inquiry and should get back to you ASAP, but I personally do not have any details on
Vicki Reeve
Production Manager
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 450, Tysons Corner, VA 22182
www.fairfaxcountyeda.org<http://www.fairfaxcountyeda.org/>

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the status of your inquiry.
Regards,

From: Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

From: Vicki Reeve On Behalf Of Info
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2018 9:04 AM
To: 'requests@muckrock.com' <requests@muckrock.com>
Subject: RE: Virginia Freedom of Information Act Request: Amazon HQ2 Bid - Finalist

Hello,

I’ve forwarded your email to the staff members here who handle FOIA requests. I know they are working on your original inquiry and should get back to you ASAP, but I personally do not have any details on

the status of your inquiry.

Regards,

Vicki Reeve
Production Manager
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 450, Tysons Corner, VA 22182
www.fairfaxcountyeda.org<http://www.fairfaxcountyeda.org/>

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From: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com> <requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>>
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2018 5:00 AM
To: Info <Info@fceda.org<mailto:Info@fceda.org>>
Subject: RE: Virginia Freedom of Information Act Request: Amazon HQ2 Bid - Finalist

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
FOIA Office
Suite 450
8300 Boone Boulevard
Tysons Corner, VA 22182

December 10, 2018

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Virginia Freedom of Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 3, 2018. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/fairfax-county-economic-development-authority-15722/amazon-hq2-bid-finalist-64824/?email=info%40fceda.org&uuid-login=b112442f-074e-41d1-af15-5ad746b9431e#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 64824
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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On Dec. 3, 2018:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

• A copy of the bid submitted in response to Amazon's request for proposals for the site of its second headquarters — document(s) which would have been sent between September 1, 2017 through January 20, 2018 — and any supplemental materials provided to Amazon at the same time.

When I previously requested this document, the FCEDA cited exemptions under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act Section 2.2-3705.6.3, which permits exclusion of “memoranda, working papers, or other information related to businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Virginia, prepared by a public body, where competition or bargaining is involved and where disclosure of such information would adversely affect the financial interest of the public body.”

However, now that Amazon has selected the sites of its second headquarters, there is no longer a competition, so the documents should be subject to public disclosure.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Paxtyn Merten

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/fairfax-county-economic-development-authority-15722/amazon-hq2-bid-finalist-64824/?email=info%40fceda.org&uuid-login=b112442f-074e-41d1-af15-5ad746b9431e#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 64824
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.
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From: Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Paxtyn Merten:
Thank you for your note. I understand that MuckRock filed a similar request with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. VEDP’s response to your FOIA request will incorporate any and all material that involves this office and is covered by FOIA.
Thank you for your interest in economic development in Fairfax County.

Alan A. Fogg
Vice President, Communications and Research
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
703-790-0600 (o)
571-213-5065 (m)

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Ms. Merten – The attached PDF is our cover letter responding to your recent information request.

The documents that you requested can be found at the following links:

Greater Richmond: https://personal.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8d7265875e637175aba1

Hampton Roads: https://personal.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8d7265875e6375aba399

Northern Virginia: https://personal.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8d7265875e637677afa8

The links will be active for another 80 days.

Sandi.
Sandra Jones McNinch
General Counsel
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Direct: 804.545.5617 | Mobile: 804.543.3583
www.vedp.org<http://www.vedp.org/>

Please note that our website and my email address have changed to vedp.org.

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