Kansas City, St. Louis planning bids for Amazon’s second headquarters

Both Kansas City and St. Louis intend submit bids to house Amazon’s planned second headquarters, which the online shopping behemoth described as a $5 billion investment that would bring as many as 50,000 jobs.

Officials from Kansas City promised an “aggressive” effort to land the facility, which Amazon said would be a “full equal” with its current Seattle headquarters. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said her city’s bid would be “very competitive.”

On Thursday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James tweeted, “Kansas City will compete,” saying he had asked City Manager Troy Schulte and the Economic Development Corporation Kansas City to help him put together a team to respond to the company’s request for proposals.

The Kansas City Area Development Council also announced Thursday that it would submit a proposal on behalf the metro area. Tim Cowden, president and chief executive of the KCADC, said the Amazon headquarters “is the largest opportunity that’s been available anywhere in the U.S. for quite some time.”

In St. Louis, Mayor Lyda Krewson said, “We’re all abuzz this morning about Amazon’s announcement,” at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, which is being held in downtown St. Louis.

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, the economic development agency serving the city and St. Louis County, will submit a single bid in response to Amazon’s RFP, said Katy Jamboretz, the partnership’s spokeswoman.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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