PHOENIX - We could soon find out if a Valley city will be home to Amazon's second headquarters, HQ2.
Thursday is the final day for cities to submit their bids. Amazon is requiring bidders to tell them why they are the place to be by midnight.
Currently, Amazon's only headquarters is in Seattle, Washington. But the shipping giant picking anywhere in the Valley would be huge.
Right now, Phoenix is working on submitting a proposal. In fact, the chief of economic development is putting together a bid for the entire Valley. Meanwhile, individual cities are hoping they can be the one in the running.
The city of Tucson tried to bribe Amazon with a 20-foot saguaro cactus, but they sent it back, donating it to a museum instead.
Just about everybody wants Amazon. Who wouldn't want 50,000 new six-figure-salary jobs?
"I think it would be an easy sell to say, 'hey congratulations you won the lottery, and get to move to Mesa, Arizona," said Mesa Mayor John Giles.
"I want them to locate in Chandler, but if they go to Mesa or to Gilbert or Queen Creek or Tempe or even Phoenix, it benefits us all,” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny.
12 News has verified that the Valley is a contender based on Amazon's wish list.
But where could these individual cities put HQ2?
Mesa is pitching either downtown or somewhere near the Mesa-Gateway airport, which would make shipping easy.
Chandler has a couple locations in mind, but says the Price Corridor would be a natural place for Amazon.
As you can see, the competition is on. A little friendly competition never hurts, right?
Amazon expects to invest more than $5 billion in construction for its second headquarters, according to Amazon.com.
HQ2 will be similar to its current campus in Seattle. Amazon estimates its investments in Seattle from 2010 to 2016 resulted in an additional $38 billion dollars to the city's economy.
Wouldn't that be nice?
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