Amazon HQ2 bonanza includes Cincy/Dayton submission, other Ohio cities


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Dayton and Cincinnati’s combined bid for Amazon’s second headquarters will be met with fierce competition around Ohio and across the U.S.

The e-commerce giant sparked a bidding war when it asked for proposals on where in North America to invest $5 billion in its second headquarters, which it said will employ up to 50,000 people and rival its current headquarters in Seattle.

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Submissions are due Thursday for proposals on where to put the headquarters.

Dayton and Cincinnati announced earlier this month that the two cities would be teaming to try to attract Amazon with their combined assets, noting the combined Dayton-Cincinnati area is the 15th largest region in the U.S.

“The application is a collaborative one that supports a mutual outcome for Amazon coming to Cincinnati-Dayton region,” Shelley Dickstein, Dayton city manager, said at the time.

All the other largest cities in Ohio are also planning to throw their hat in the ring. Cleveland's mayor said in the Cleveland Plain Dealer that it wants to compete for the headquarters. A spokeswoman for the city of Columbus confirmed Wednesday it turned in a proposal. Toledo and its smaller suburb Maumee teamed up to submit two sites in their region with a joint application.


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