Greitens makes pitch for Amazon HQ to choose Missouri

Gov. Eric Greitens joined the effort to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to Missouri this week, but he’s not publicly taking sides on whether the online retailer should locate in St. Louis or Kansas City.

In a minute-long video shot in his office Tuesday, Greitens pitched Missouri as a national leader that has been the home of innovation for centuries. A version of the video was posted, then deleted from Twitter Wednesday.

Aaron Perlut, who first tweeted the video of Greitens, deleted his tweet sometime before 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. Perlut is the founder and managing partner of Elasticity, a marketing agency in St. Louis. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

From serving as the launch point for Lewis and Clark’s westward exploration to St. Louis being picked as the first U.S. city to host the Olympic Games in 1904, Greitens ticked off a list of firsts in an attempt to land the 50,000 jobs that Amazon is promising.

The Greitens video comes as St. Louis and Kansas City are working to compile bids for Amazon’s $5 billion expansion. They are due Oct. 19.

Spokesman Parker Briden said the video is part of a larger package being put together to lure the company to the state.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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