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Pittsburgh circuit judge rules city’s #AmazonHQ2 proposal as public record, demands its release

Pittsburgh circuit judge rules city’s #AmazonHQ2 proposal as public record, demands its release

Less than two months before the deadline Amazon gave itself to announce its second headquarters location, a Pittsburgh judge decided the city’s #AmazonHQ2 proposal documents are not “trade secrets” protected from FOIA requests - a common exemption claimed by cities nationwide that have denied to release bid documents.

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New York Governor says he’s done everything to win #AmazonHQ2 - but the city won’t reveal what

New York Governor says he’s done everything to win #AmazonHQ2 - but the city won’t reveal what

New York City has battled it out among the other 19 finalist cities for #AmazonHQ2, with Governor Andrew Cuomo saying he’s done “everything he can” to win. But the details of that “everything” is being kept from the public.

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A dive into Washington D.C.’s #AmazonHQ2 proposal

A dive into Washington D.C.’s #AmazonHQ2 proposal

Washington D.C. has a lot of the leading qualities Amazon wants in its HQ2 - a large and diverse population, a central location, a tech concentration. But what sets it - and its proposal - apart from other finalists?

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Why haven’t a majority of Amazon HQ2 finalists released their proposals?

Why haven’t a majority of Amazon HQ2 finalists released their proposals?

With three months to go, 12 of 20 Amazon HQ2 finalist cities haven’t released their proposals, citing either a need to maintain privacy to keep a competitive advantage, or that outside, often non-public organizations were the actual entities handling the bid process.

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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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