Was Indy's Amazon bid 'showy' enough to get company's attention?

Amazon Effect

Gary in concert with the Northwest Indiana Forum and Hammond all pitched Amazon to lure the national online retailer's proposed second headquarters to locate in the Region by Thursday's deadline. As many as 100 cities were expected to respond to the request for a proposal that would include financial incentives.

The company behind Detroit's campaign, Bedrock Detroit, said in a statement, in part: "We wanted to share something created to go along with that bid that shows Detroit's vision for the future...the entire region came together to join forces and collaborate to show the world that Detroit was made to move".

Arkansas' capital city is pre-emptively rejecting its long-shot bid to host Amazon's second headquarters, telling the e-commerce giant in a full-page newspaper ad: "It's not you". Little Rock also couldn't meet other requirements cited by the company, including that the location be within 45 minutes of an worldwide airport.

"The number one economy in Victoria is the knowledge economy", he said.

Memphis is among the dozens of bidding cities.

Among the preferences put forth by Amazon, were a city with a metropolitan area population of more than 1 million.

The release stated that "more than 20 organizations and over 90 individuals from throughout the community" worked on the bid. "The proposal portrays the numerous elements and assets of Cleveland that make us unique and demonstrates our community's capacity to successfully attract Amazon's HQ2".

Tatikonda says Indy's universities and experience with supply-chain businesses makes it an excellent fit for Amazon, but he's doubtful IN will land the headquarters. The company said the second headquarters could bring around 50,000 new jobs to the chosen location. They also want space for up to 8 million square feet for facilities.

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