Tucson tried sending Amazon a 21-foot saguaro cactus (since rejected) to entice the online retailer’s second headquarters to its city. Stonecrest, Ga., offered to rename itself as the city of Amazon. Boston Globe editors published a four-page special section Sunday listing five “wicked cool” Beantown sites for a new HQ2.
In California, however, Gov. Jerry Brown is offering tax breaks and other incentives worth hundreds of millions of dollars should Amazon choose the Golden State as the site of its second home.
“The Golden State is home to the best universities and research institutions in the world, a uniquely qualified and talented workforce and the most dynamic combination of innovation and investment on the planet,” Brown said in an Oct. 11 letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “ … Put simply: there is no better place for a business like yours to continue to grow.”
Brown’s administration drafted the letter, a colorful brochure listing California strengths and a four-page package of state incentives, for all applicants to plug into their proposals.
Amazon launched a continent-wide search Sept. 7 for a site to build a second headquarters of equal importance to its current 33-building complex in Seattle. The deadline is Thursday, Oct. 19, for dozens of North American communities to submit their proposals.
The governor’s office hosted a meeting last month with local representatives from throughout California to discuss ways the state can support local efforts to bring Amazon HQ2 to the state, a Brown spokesman said.
State incentives include tax credits, employment training funding and legislation to streamline the environmental approval process similar to measures previously adopted for speedy construction of the Sacramento Kings arena.
The governor’s office also pledged to work…