To Woo Amazon, One City Bought 1K of Its Products

Kansas City, Mo., isn't the only location that's trying hard
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2017 10:56 AM CDT
A student at the University of Alabama walks by a large Amazon Dash Button on Monday in Birmingham, Ala.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(Newser) – America's cities are so eager to land Amazon's second headquarters that they're going to some unusual extremes in the hopes of securing what is said to be a $5 billion investment and 50,000 new jobs. Moody's Analytics ranked what it sees as the likeliest candidates, with Austin, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Rochester (NY), and Pittsburgh making up the top five, in that order. But far more locations are throwing their hats in the ring, and the AP got the scoop from the 50-plus mayors about what makes their bid, due Thursday, stand out. It didn't speak with anyone in Alaska, which didn't apply at all due to Amazon's stipulation that the metro area have at least a million residents; the entire state doesn't even have that population count. We've rounded up six of the most unusual tactics cities are taking in their quest to be home to HQ2.

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