Deadline Day For Amazon HQ2

10/20/17

By Paula C. Squires

On a day when other states were touting the strength and uniqueness of their proposals to win Amazon’s second massive headquarters, Virginia continued to play its cards close to the vest.

Thursday, Oct. 19, was the deadline for cities in the U.S. and Canada to respond to Amazon’s request for proposals for a new North American headquarters that would bring a $5 billion investment and 50,000 new jobs. Ever since Amazon announced a call for bids on Sept. 7, cities have been pulling out their creative stops and developing economic incentives to win the tech giant’s attention.

Virginia’s chief business recruitment agency, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), said it worked closely with Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Commerce and Trade Secretary Todd Haymore, General Assembly leaders and economic development partners at the local, regional, and state levels “to prepare multiple robust proposals for Virginia in response to Amazon’s HQ2 RFP [request for proposals.]” But the agency remained mum on exactly how many sites were submitted or what goodies Virginia threw in to court the world’s largest online retailer.

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