Insane bids for Amazon headquarters location

Add Bristol Township to the list of Philly neighbors vying for Amazon's HQ2

If senior executives at Amazon's Seattle headquarters had never heard of Bradford, Innisfil or West Gwillimbury before, the little Ontario towns have put themselves on the radar screen with a surprise joint bid to become home to the online retailer's second global headquarters.

"We are a viable candidate for this and other opportunities like this", Ennis said.

The company promised 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in infrastructure investment.

Seventy-three community groups from cities across the US have signed onto a "wish list" for Amazon in an open letter.

"If anybody in the Region is chosen, we're all going to benefit from it", McDermott said.

Cities' bids for HQ2 were submitted October 19.

"The inventory of rental housing stock is growing", it said, with diagrams to show the number of new condos coming in future years and photos of tree-lined Toronto streets.

Gann says Langford is banking its bid on the South Island's many attributes.

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Memphis is among the dozens of bidding cities. They donated it to the Arizona-Sonara Desert Museum saying "unfortunately we can't accept gifts, even really cool ones". An Amazon task force of city officials would be responsible for handling permitting, workforce issues and community outreach, as was done for GE.

"We can say look, if we can build the proper transit... we have a much broader range of options as to where people can live within reasonable commuting range", said Tory.

Gary could have a strong chance to get Amazon's attention, McDermott said, and the city has the necessary acreage, room for growth and an airport.

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage has acknowledged his city is a long shot because it is not offering major financial incentives, but he told reporters Halifax is a city Amazon's employees "can fall in love with".

In addition to housing, Toronto's bid takes step to address another baked-in problem: a shortage of tech talent.

Montreal bidding head Hubert Bolduc, CEO of regional economic development group Montréal global, said the city and province already have numerous available incentive programs for any company moving to Montreal - including lucrative research and development tax credits - but said he could not reveal whether any additional incentives were offered to Amazon.

Of course, Toronto's appeal could be moot if Amazon sees a move to Canada as politically disadvantageous under President Donald Trump.

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