Southern California cities to submit bids for Amazon’s new headquarters site – Los Angeles Times

Since Amazon rolled out the reality-show-like competition for its second headquarters last month, communities have come up with a multitude of creative ways to generate buzz for their bids.

In Tucson, an economic development group tried to gift a 21-foot tall saguaro cactus to Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos. The city of Birmingham, Ala., placed giant Amazon boxes around town. And in Kansas City, Mo., the mayor announced he purchased 1,000 items on Amazon and left a review for each that touted the city.

“The idea was easy make Kansas City the most-well reviewed city on Amazon,” Mayor Sly James boasted in a news release.

But the submissions that will be delivered by Thursday’s deadline won’t rely on such gimmicks. Instead, they’re likely to tout combinations of tax incentives and the assets Amazon identified in its request for proposals: top-notch university systems and enough land to accommodate 8 million square feet and 50,000 employees.

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