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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.

  • Small Red - No Responsive Documents

  • Large Red - Rejected

  • Small Yellow - Awaiting Acknowledgement

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  • Small Blue - Fix Required

  • Small Green - Partially Completed

  • Large Green - Completed

  • Large Purple - Payment Required

  • Small Purple - Processing

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

12 Articles

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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Which cities are refusing to share their #AmazonHQ2 bids - and why

Which cities are refusing to share their #AmazonHQ2 bids - and why

Since launching our project to hunt down every proposal Amazon received for its second headquarters, we’ve found that a number of cities were more than happy to share what they’re offering to lure in the tech giant. A growing number, however, aren’t so keen and are keeping their bids hidden in a shroud of exemptions. Here’s a look at which cities rejected our request and why.

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Worcester, Massachusetts spent nearly on $10,000 on a promotional video for its #AmazonHQ2 bid

Worcester, Massachusetts spent nearly on $10,000 on a promotional video for its #AmazonHQ2 bid

With so much competition for Amazon’s second home, cities across the country are shelling out to stand out. In a request for HQ2 bids, Worcester Economic Development revealed they spent $9,800 to produce a promotional video for their headquarter proposal.

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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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168 Requests

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Response

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Completed

6 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

Adanya Lustig sent this request to the City Manager's Office of Long Beach, CA

Fix Required

3 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

3 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

3 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Fix Required

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Completed

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Downtown Development Authority of Grand Rapids, MI

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

5 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Response

5 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Completed

3 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Fix Required

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Partially Completed

6 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Response

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

7 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

12 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

5 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

6 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Payment Required

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

3 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Fix Required

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

3 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Completed

5 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Completed

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Partially Completed

5 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Partially Completed

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Completed

3 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Fix Required

4 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Completed

37 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

Adanya Lustig sent this request to the Office of the County Executive of Westchester County, NY

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

5 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

6 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Fix Required

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Completed

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

7 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

Rejected

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

3 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid

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

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Amazon HQ2 Bid (Atlanta)

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

Completed

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid (Boston, MA)

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

In Litigation

4 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid (Chicago, IL)

Freddy Martinez sent this request to the Mayor's Office of Chicago, IL

Completed

3 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid (Fresno, CA)

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

Completed

Amazon HQ2 Bid (Holyoke, MA)

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

Completed

3 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid (Irvine, CA)

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

Completed

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid (Lynn, MA)

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

Partially Completed

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid (Philadelphia)

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

Completed

5 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid (Stonecrest)

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

Completed

2 files

Amazon HQ2 Bid (Toledo)

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