Chula Vista faces tough competition in bid for new Amazon Headquarters

Cities using gimmicks, money, land to lure company
Chula Vista faces stiff competition for Amazon
Posted at 8:21 AM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 13:32:47-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Cities across the country are pulling out all the stops in efforts to lure Amazon's new second headquarters -- called HQ2 -- to their area.

In Chula Vista, the proposal includes 500,000 square feet of shovel-ready land in the city's Millenia development. They've also thrown in $400 million worth of tax incentives and a chance to be part of a new binational university. The city summed it all up in a coffee table-style book they sent to the company.

Dozens of other cities are submitting bids. Many haven't released details, but some have been sweetening the pot with crazy stunts to draw attention.

In Kansas City, Mayor Sly James bought 1,000 items off of Amazon and wrote a review on each of them, using it as a chance to tout his city's benefits.

Birmingham, Alabama, started a "#BringAtoB" campaign to land the company. They built three giant Amazon shipping boxes and placed them around town, asking residents to take pictures with them and post them on social media.

Tucson, Arizona, sent Amazon a 21-foot-tall saguaro cactus as a gift with their proposal (pictured above). The company says they've donated it to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

Meanwhile, the city government of Stonecrest, Georgia, voted to rename part of the town Amazon if the company moved there.

Other locations have released some details of their bid. The most eye-popping comes from New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie promised $7 billion in tax incentives.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says it's city is offering the most land -- three sites that could total up to 28 million square feet.

Amazon has said its new HQ2 will bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in construction to whichever city it picks.

There's no word on when the company will make it's decision.