Toledo submits HQ2 proposal to Amazon

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TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Cities across the United States and Canada are eager to attract Amazon's new North American Headquarters, known as HQ2.

The company wants to invest $5 billion and ultimately hire 50,000 people.

It's a temptation of economic development Toledo cannot resist. So last week, the mayor went on Facebook and told residents the city will make a pitch.

Monday, 13abc reporter Bill Hormann learned Toledo submitted its pitch Friday.

But the mayor is not saying much.

Paula Hicks-Hudson says, "If we give out too much information, there will be other cities that are listening."

Toledo is offering two sites: one is within city limits (although the mayor won't say where, yet) and the other is likely the Fallen Timbers site in Maumee.

The mayor confirmed Toledo is teaming with Maumee on one offer. Last week, Maumee announced its proposal will include up to 500-acres at Fallen Timbers.

At first, Toledo was hesitant to team with any other town.

But Maumee reached out and the mayor says a partnership with Maumee could be ideal, saying, "We are nimble, we're really able to respond to the needs of the business community and we're going to continue to do that."

As for incentives, the mayor is offering no details on that, either. But it could take a billion dollars in tax breaks and other enticements to land Amazon.

The mayor will release details on Toledo's offer after Thursday's deadline.

The Regional Growth Partnership told 13abc their group will submit Maumee's proposal to Amazon by that deadline. Toledo, however, did not use the RGP.

But regardless, Toledo's bid is in, Maumee's is coming and northwest Ohio may soon be on Amazon's radar.



 
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