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Amazon’s Second HQ Attracts 238 Bids From Cities Eager to ‘Give Away the Farm’

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

Stuart Isett/Polaris/NewscomAmazon announced today that 238 North American cities have submitted applications to be the lucky location that will get to shower the online retail behemoth with billions of dollars’ worth of incentives.

The cities are trying to land the $5 billion investment and estimated 50,000 jobs that would come with hosting Amazon’s second headquarters. As Reason‘s Christian Britschgi has noted, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (no stranger to humiliating himself in the game of politics) offered $7 billion in tax incentives to Amazon if the company set up shop in the Garden State. Local officials in Georgia have offered to let the company incorporate its own city. Tuscon even sent Amazon’s CEO a 21-foot cactus, because why the hell not?

Amazon isn’t releasing the names of the cities behind the 238 bids, but the company says they came from “54 states, provinces, districts and territories around North America.” According

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