Portland offers subdued pitch for new Amazon headquarters

Portland officials offered no special tax breaks or grants

The Associated Press - PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland officials offered no special tax breaks or grants in its public-private proposal to Amazon in the heated competition to secure the company's second headquarters.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the newspaper obtained the city's proposal through a public records request.

The online retailer kicked off its hunt for a second home base in September, promising 50,000 new jobs and construction spending of more than $5 billion. Amazon received 238 proposals from cities and regions across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Portland's proposal focused on the proximity to Seattle, where Amazon is based, which is a three hour drive away.

The city pinpointed several downtown blocks to meet Amazon's required 8 million square feet of needed space. However, city also said it would work on infrastructure and housing only if Amazon also promised to contribute to those efforts.


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