America Bids on Amazon

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

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.

Image by Simone Brunozzi via Flickr and is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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How much did your town spend on its shot at being Amazon's second headquarters?

How much did your town spend on its shot at being Amazon’s second headquarters?

Towns across the nation aren’t just offering Amazon decades of property tax-free residency. Some also spent taxpayer dollars to put together the bids for Amazon’s second headquarters. Fresno, California spent $1,000 for the promotional video they had made. Camden County, New Jersey, authorized spending up to $40,000 on the bid’s design, renderings, videos and more from an architecture firm. On the other hand, many places spent nothing at all.

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How San Francisco's bid for Amazon's second headquarters does - and doesn't - discuss gentrification

How San Francisco’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters does - and doesn’t - discuss gentrification

The tech-filled San Francisco Bay Area bidded on Amazon’s second headquarters, without giving much attention to how much that headquarters would gentrify some of the last remaining affordable spaces in the Bay.

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Maine town tries to charge MuckRock $750 for opening an email

Maine town tries to charge MuckRock $750 for opening an email

This week, in absurd and illegal requests, Maine’s Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority said that MuckRock is required to pay $750 because we opened the email they sent with their 37-page bid for Amazon second headquarters.

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Massachusetts towns reveal their bids for Amazon’s second headquarters

Massachusetts towns reveal their bids for Amazon’s second headquarters

Massachusetts towns are disclosing their bids for Amazon’s second headquarters, when many places across the country refuse to. Everywhere from Halifax, Canada to Los Angeles is vying for Amazon’s heart (and dollars) in the semi-public bidding war started in September, but many towns across the country won’t disclose what they’re offering Amazon in return for the second headquarters.

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What’s hiding in the bids for Amazon’s second headquarters?

What’s hiding in the bids for Amazon’s second headquarters?

So far, 20+ towns and states have released their bids for Amazon’s second headquarters to MuckRock, and we want to know what the bids mean for your place. We’re going to work on compiling a database that aggregates the information from the bids, but there’s a lot of details in the bids that we’d miss because we’re not locals - that’s where you come in.

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Seven questions to ask when reading an Amazon headquarters bid

Seven questions to ask when reading an Amazon headquarters bid

By now, you’ve all heard that Amazon is opening a second headquarters, and towns and states across the country are courting the tech giant for the 50,000 jobs and $5 billion Amazon is offering. But what are these places offering Amazon? And what does that mean for your town?

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Help us hunt down every proposal Amazon received for its second headquarters

Help us hunt down every proposal Amazon received for its second headquarters

We want to know what every single city offered Amazon as incentive for the second headquarters. We’ve requested bids from a little over 100 places - that leaves another 100+ bids we don’t know about. That’s where you come in.

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of Cincinnati, OH

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Redevelopment Authority of Dauphin County, PA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Department of Commerce of South Carolina

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of Gary, IN

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of Fishers, IN

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of El Paso, TX

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the City of Detroit of Detroit, MI

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of Dallas, TX

Payment Required

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Danbury, CT

Partially Completed

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Economic Development Authority of Howard County, MD

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Team NEO of Cleveland, OH

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Invest Buffalo Niagara of Buffalo, NY

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Bridgeport, CT

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the County Board of Kankakee County, IL

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Economic Development Corporation of Boone County, IN

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Birmingham Business Alliance of Birmingham, AL

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Baltimore Development Corporation of Baltimore, MD

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of Arlington, TX

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Albuquerque, NM

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Center for Economic Growth of Albany, NY

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the The Recorder's Office of Lake County, IN

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the City of Pittsburgh of Pittsburgh, PA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the City Clerk of Stonecrest, GA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Oxnard, CA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Madison Region Economic Partnership of Madison, WI

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission of Hampton, VA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the County Clerk of Milam County, TX

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Frisco, TX

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's office of East Providence, RI

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Warwick, RI

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Woonsocket, RI

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the County Council of Delaware County, PA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Toledo, OH

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Raleigh, NC

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of New Rochelle, NY

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Mount Vernon, NY

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Ventura, CA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Lakeland, FL

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Orem, UT

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Provo, UT

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the City Recorder of Lindon, UT

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the City Secretary and Records of Hillsboro, TX

Fix Required

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Wakefield Town Clerk of Wakefield, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Fredericksburg, VA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's office of Malibu, CA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Columbus, OH

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Holyoke, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Town Clerk of Lee, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Pittsfield, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Montgomery County Council of Montgomery County, MD

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Economic Development Department of Charles County, MD

Rejected

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Jacksonville, FL

Rejected

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Orlando Economic Partnership of Orlando, FL

Completed

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Waterbury, CT

Completed

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Pomona, CA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Governor of Missouri

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Egg Harbor, NJ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Galloway, NJ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor of Trenton, NJ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of New Brunswick, NJ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Jersey City, NJ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Bayonne, NJ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's office of Atlantic City, NJ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Omaha, NE

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Peabody, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Leominster, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Lynn, MA

Completed

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Everett, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Fall River of Fall River, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Quincy Mayor of Quincy, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Foxborough Town Manager of Foxborough, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Town Manager's Office of Westborough, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Marlborough, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce of Akron, OH

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Chamber of Commerce of Austin, TX

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Dallas Regional Chamber of Dallas, TX

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte, NC

Rejected

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the REDI Cincinnati of Cincinnati, OH

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor of Memphis, TX

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Governor of Illinois

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Governor - Idaho of Idaho

Fix Required

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Governor of Delaware

Rejected

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the City Council of Memphis, TN

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Governor - Alaska of Alaska

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Governor of Alabama

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Atlanta, GA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Wilmington, DE

Completed

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's office of Virginia Beach, VA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the City Manager of Vallejo, CA

No Responsive Documents

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Tulsa, OK

Fix Required

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Taunton, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Stonecrest, GA

Rejected

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the City of St. Louis of St. Louis, MO

No Responsive Documents

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the City Council of Springfield, MA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of Economic Development of San Jose, CA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Richmond, VA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Providence, RI

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the The Office of the County Executive of Prince George's County, MD

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Prosper Portland of Portland, OR

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Pittsburgh, PA

Rejected

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Phoenix, AZ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Philadelphia, PA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Pensacola, FL

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Pawtucket, RI

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Oklahoma City, OK

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor’s Office of Newark, NJ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of New York City, NY

Rejected

2 files

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of New Orleans, LA

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor of Milwaukee of Milwaukee, WI

No Responsive Documents

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Los Angeles, CA

Rejected

3 files

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor of Long Beach of Long Beach, CA

Awaiting Response

1 file

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Lawrence, MA

Fix Required

1 file

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Las Vegas, NV

Awaiting Acknowledgement

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Kansas City Area Development Council of Kansas City, MO

Rejected

3 files

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Louisville Forward of Louisville, KY

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of Indianapolis (IN) of Indianapolis, IN

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Huntsville, AL

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Houston, TX

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of Mesa, AZ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of Chandler, AZ

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Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the Mayor of Mesa, AZ

Completed

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Amazon HQ2 Bid (Boston, MA)

Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Boston, MA

Completed

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Amazon HQ2 Bid (Fresno, CA)

Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Fresno, CA

Completed

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Amazon HQ2 Bid (Irvine, CA)

Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Irvine, CA