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St. Louis, Kansas City plan to bid for Amazon headquarters

St. Louis, Kansas City plan to bid for Amazon headquarters

September 7th, 2017 by Associated Press in Missouri News

FILE - This Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, file photo shows an Amazon sign at a store in Hialeah, Fla. Whole Foods shareholders voted Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, to bless a $13.7 billion union with Amazon that the organic grocery chain's CEO had called "love at first sight." By buying Whole Foods, Amazon will get more than 460 stores and potentially very lucrative data about how shoppers behave offline. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Officials in St. Louis and Kansas City are promising their cities will make strong bids in the competition over a second headquarters for Amazon.

The e-commerce company said Thursday that it's opening up requests for proposals for the $5 billion construction project that could bring up to 50,000 jobs to the winning city.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said the city has already started putting together a team to make a competitive proposal. St. Clair County also plans to submit its own bid.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the Kansas City Area Development Council said they also plan to put together a competitive bid, while working with several regional partners.

Cities have until Oct. 19 to apply and a final decision is expected next year.