What Phoenix promised Amazon to woo HQ2

Amazon’s art deco building in Seattle. Phoenix failed to convince Amazon to pick us as the location for the company’s second headquarters./New Times illustration; Thomas Knoll/flickr

By Joseph Flaherty | Phoenix New Times

When Amazon announced it was taking pitches from cities to become the home of Amazon’s second headquarters, Phoenix eagerly jumped into the fray. But the city downplayed any specific incentives it promised Amazon in return for the tech jobs, economic development, and caché associated with luring the online shopping-and-streaming giant.

Through a public records request, Phoenix New Times obtained documents that show how Phoenix’s Office of Community and Economic Development sought to win over Amazon using some fairly significant public-sector incentives that appear targeted to the company’s bottom line. The details have not previously been released publicly.

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