Middle Bit: Amazon receives proposals for HQ2

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Thursday was deadline day for cities across the United States to submit their proposals to land HQ2—the second headquarters for Seattle-based tech company Amazon.

In September Amazon announced its plans to open a second corporate headquarters in North America. Almost immediately, cities started to rally their economic development teams to land the HQ2, which comes with 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment.

Amazon says it’s looking for a metro area with more than one million people, public transportation options and incentives from local governments.

GeekWire.com co-founder John Cook said his six top contenders are Toronto, Boston, Austin, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Atlanta.

If Clay & Milk were to bet on where HQ2, it would say Delaware.

Along with news from around the Midwest, we have included as many proposals as we could find from Midwest cities attempting to land HQ2.

Colorado

Colorado submits its bid to Amazon – The Denver Post

Local say no thanks to Amazon in Denver – The Denver Post

Renters will feel pain if Denver lands Amazon – The Denver Post

Illinois

Chicago submits its proposal for Amazon HQ2 – Chicago Tribune

Iowa

Small Business Today: Problem solving requires teamwork, focus – The Des Moines Register

Michigan

Detroit a sleeper candidate for Amazon – The Detroit Free Press

Duo Security—Ann Arbor-based information security and software-as-a-service (SaaS) company—raises $70M in Series D funding – GlobeNewsWire.com

Minnesota

Target to remodel stores to compete with Amazon, Walmart – Star Tribune

Minnesota submits its bid to Amazon – Star Tribune

Missouri

Missouri banking on Hyperloop to land Amazon HQ2 – St. Louis Post Dispatch

St. Louis submits its bid to Amazon – St. Louis Post Dispatch

Kansas City ranks 28 out of 40 in entrepreneurial growth – StartlandNews.com

Ohio

Columbus submits their proposal to Amazon – The Columbus Dispatch

Wisconsin

Packers, Microsoft, launch $10 million venture – Associated Press

Milwaukee launches bid for Amazon – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel