Minnesota submits bid for new Amazon HQ, offers no details

- Minnesota’s economic development commissioner says the state has submitted its bid for the new Amazon headquarters, one day ahead of the Thursday deadline.

Last month, Amazon announced it is looking to build a second location, promising to spend $5 billion and hire up to 50,000 employees.

The state has not released the details of its bid.

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton said Minnesota’s pitch avoids what he calls “gimmicks and gadgetry” does not include tax breaks beyond the state’s existing incentive programs, which have a $3 million spending cap.

Commissioner Shawntera Hardy said the bid highlights Minnesota’s strongest assets, including “a talented and diverse workforce, robust public and private education system, strong transportation systems and an excellent overall quality of life.”

Hardy said they are awaiting further instruction from Amazon regarding the next steps. The company expects to decide on a location by early next year.

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