America Bids on Amazon

We want to find out what every city is offering the tech giant in exchange for its second headquarters.

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In September, Amazon announced it would be searching for a second home: a new headquarters, replete with 50,000 high-paying jobs and an expected $5 billion investment in construction. But instead of doing the searching themselves, Amazon requested proposals from cities and regions interested in the offer, creating a flurry of submissions from coast to coast.

News coverage has focused on the wild publicity stunts that towns are pulling to get noticed: giant Amazon boxes, Twitter campaigns, a mail-order cactus. What we really want to know, though, is what financial and community incentives these places want to give to Amazon.

Amazon specifically requested financial incentives in the request for proposals:

A stable and business-friendly environment and tax structure will be high-priority considerations for the Project. Incentives offered by the state/province and local communities to offset initial capital outlay and ongoing operational costs will be significant factors in the decision-making process.

Newark, New Jersey, for one, responded with an offer of around $7 billion in tax incentives. That’s just one of the 238 proposals Amazon announced it has received, but the company isn’t telling where they’re all from. In order to understand what other cities are offering Amazon, we need to get into the nitty-gritty details of every bid.

The Seattle Times tracked which places publicly announced they were in the running, and we used their database to request as many bids as we could. But we’re still trying to figure out where more than a hundred bids came from.

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And we can’t do it without you! Is there someplace that you know submitted a bid that we’ve missed? Did you notice something in a bid that we didn’t? Let us know via the form below, by email, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

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Lucy Parsons Labs sues Chicago over refusal to release #AmazonHQ2 proposal

Lucy Parsons Labs sues Chicago over refusal to release #AmazonHQ2 proposal

Digital rights and transparency advocacy group Lucy Parsons Labs filed suit last week against the city of Chicago, stating that the Mayor’s Office refusal to release documents regarding the city’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters constituted a “willful violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.”

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A round-up of the #AmazonHQ2 bids that didn't make the cut

A round-up of the #AmazonHQ2 bids that didn’t make the cut

As the hype grows around the #AmazonHQ2 finalists announced last week, it’s worth perusing the proposals that didn’t make the cut to get a sense of what cities across America were offering.

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Only four out of the 20 #AmazonHQ2 finalists have released their bids to MuckRock

Only four out of the 20 #AmazonHQ2 finalists have released their bids to MuckRock

The growing global retailer Amazon has announced the 20 finalists for its challenge to secure homefield rights for its second headquarters. We take a look at the responses to our requests for those areas.

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