Oct 19 (Reuters) - Thursday's deadline for bids to host Amazon.com Inc's second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 high-paying jobs brought dozens of U.S. and Canadian cities to submit proposals.
Details of those bids, including tax breaks and other incentives being offered to entice the internet retailer, however were scarce.
As part of its headquarters announcement on Sept. 7, Amazon said it was limiting its search to metropolitan areas of at least 1 million people and was looking for a wide range of incentives, including tax credits.
Below are details from some of the bidders:
--New Jersey is offering a potential $7 billion in local and state tax credits if the company picks Newark and meets hiring commitments.
--Chicago assembled a massive committee of political and business leaders to work on its pitch.
-- California could offer incentives ranging from $300 million under current law to as much as $1 billion under proposed legislation.
--Connecticut glossed over its deepening financial problems and Hartford's potential municipal bankruptcy to push the Stamford and Hartford areas as ideal sites. (https://ctisprime.com/)
--The Canadian cities of Toronto, Edmonton and Ottawa, as well as Hamilton, Halifax, Montreal, Sault Ste. Marie, Vancouver, and Windsor (with Detroit) submitted bids, according to Reuters' reporting and local media reports.
--New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered four options -- the New York City, Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany areas.
--Bids for the Texas cities of Austin and Dallas were made through their chambers of commerce. (http://bit.ly/2xTIDe8)
--Missouri, is pitching the St. Louis and Kansas City regions. The state is proposing a high-speed transportation system between the two cities. (http://www.makemohq2home.com/ )
--Detroit's bid was spearheaded by Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert, who only released a video showcasing the Motor City. (https://youtu.be/DO4JtPC1b5M)
--The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation said a single bid was submitted for Colorado with eight urban and suburban sites.
Colorado does not have any up front discretionary incentives, nor do we believe that makes fiscally responsible policy. We have not gone back to the legislature to ask for any special closing fund of any type," said Sam Bailey, vice president of economic development at Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.
--New Hampshire began its official bid by saying it has "all the benefits of Boston without all the headaches."
--Pennsylvania touted the state's location as being "one day's drive from 40 percent of the U.S. population and 60 percent of Canada's population." (https://www.pa.gov/guides/amazon-in-pa/)
(Reporting by Karen Pierog and Chris Kenning in Chicago, Ethan Lou in Calgary, Nichola Saminather in Toronto, Hilary Russ and Stephanie Kelly in New York,; Editing by Daniel Bases and Lisa Shumaker)