Peduto to meet with agency working on Amazon bid as deadline nears

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 17, 2017

"In a little over a month, a large, varied group of Philadelphia-area residents and leaders rallied to support this bid, which showcases the region's strong talent pool, strategic location, livability and room for growth", a press release from the City reads. "This does not leave a good taste in anyone's mouth".

There's also plenty of videos of mayors asking Amazon's voice recognition personal assistant Alexa where the company should locate.

On the wanted list of this $135 billion company: a metro area of a million or more people, access to mass transit and proximity to an worldwide airport. It's request for proposals lists a lot of things, including a metro area of a million or more people, access to mass transit, and proximity to an global airport.

A new study shows Baltimore is going to have to do something really special to bring Amazon to town.

That gap leaves economic development officials in places like Grand Rapids, Mich., thinking they have a chance. Local officials say the region has other assets that should make it attractive.

The video - dubbed "Philadelphia Delivers: Logistics" - cites Philly's location between New York City and Washington, D.C., as a logistical advantage, noting the two cities are less than a two-hour train ride away.

Kristopher Larson with the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority acknowledges the city is a long shot but hopes the quality of life here will grab the attention of a certain Amazon CEO. She says this is a learning experience.

"We were able to see that numerous prospects that we're looking at in our proposal lined up with the vision of what Amazon wants to see", Peduto told the Tribune-Review last week . "We want to give Grand Rapids and west MI national attention by going for this". So, Klohs says Grand Rapids can't lose by trying to win over Amazon.

"This is something we have to do", she said. "We owe [it to] our community ... that we put our best foot forward".

In hopes that an online retail prince will slide a glass slipper onto that foot to make the city an economic Cinderella story.

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