Minnesota's bid for Amazon focused on quality of life over...
Duluthnewstribune.com - Wed 8 May 04:20 GMT

Minnesotans know it’s impolite to brag, but that didn’t stop us in 2017 when trying to lure Amazon’s second North American headquarters to the Twin Cities.Instead of getting out taxpayers’ collective wallet to entice the online retail behemoth, state boosters…

Minnesota's bid for Amazon focused on quality of life over...

  While other communities offered huge amounts of money — more than $1.5 billion in the case of New York City’s now infamous bid — to attract the retailer, Minnesota’s 122-page bid for the company, released Monday after months of secrecy, leaned heavily on the state’s quality of life as a selling point.

  Fight for secrecy Minnesota leaders’ failure to win over Jeff Bezos with the charm of Midwestern living didn’t keep many of the details of the state’s bid from being a closely guarded secret.

  Greater MSP, the civic group enlisted to compile the Twin Cities pitch, refused to release its details until Amazon said it no longer required secrecy.

  Peter Frosch, executive director of Greater MSP, said Monday that Amazon was no longer insisting the details be withheld.

  Why Minnesota bid State leaders got into the race for Amazon’s second headquarters and the estimated 50,000 jobs that came with it because they believed it would be a big win for the state economy.