The eight most outrageous things cities did to lure Amazon for HQ2

Bids for Amazon’s second headquarters are due today, and all the vying North American cities interested in luring Amazon’s business have sent in their pitches. While some more conventional cities like Charlotte, North Carolina, offered up proposals of 20 possible locations for an Amazon campus in a carved wooden box, others truly went the extra mile, revealing maybe too much desperation.

It’s a game of give and take. With the new second headquarters, Amazon promises to add 50,000 new jobs to the local economy of whatever city it chooses, and invest over $5 billion in construction. In return, Amazon expects cities to offer tax breaks, fee reductions, relocations grants, and more in their pitches. Amazon hasn’t given details yet on when…

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