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Missouri submits state bids for Amazon’s second headquarters

The state of Missouri supported independently and impartially for both St. Louis and Kansas City’s bids, but its third state bid is coordinated and synchronized with both cities, according to Drew Erdmann Chief Operating Officer. (MGN Online)

Kansas City, St. Louis and the state of Missouri have placed bids Thursday to compete for Amazon’s second headquarters.

No other state has made such a bid, according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The state of Missouri supported independently and impartially for both St. Louis and Kansas City’s bids, but its third state bid is coordinated and synchronized with both cities, according to Drew Erdmann Chief Operating Officer.

The state bid will include an innovation corridor to include the city of Columbia.

“They were absolutely willing to consider it and encouraged us to do so,” Erdmann said about approaching Amazon with the proposal.

Erdmann said the state bid includes a broader vision that looks to the future. With the potential Hyperloop, there are changes to transportation that makes it possible to imagine the innovation corridor as opposed to a concentrated headquarters campus.

With the state bid, Missouri offers a labor force of 3 million people, linking together public and private educational colleges and universities. It also offers Amazon employees a wide variety of lifestyles whether it is a rural or city setting.

“We want Amazon to know that we’re thinking boldly and that we’re a dependable partner,” Erdmann said.

Joel Walters from the Missouri Department of Revenue said that Missouri is a really positive environment for this particular business.

“The point of view that I bring to this is really from the private sector,” Walters said. “Makes me feel good that Missouri can win.”

Due to a non-disclosure agreement made with Amazon, the approach to incentives cannot be released.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development emphasizes that economic development is not driven primarily by incentives.

To watch the video pitched by the state, click here.

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