Despite that one report pointing to Boston as the leading contender for the site of Amazon’s new headquarters, it’s still very early in the going.
Here’s a quick recap on what’s happening from the City of Philadelphia’s side of things:
“We have gotten our core group of partners together to do research and start crafting a proposal,” said Department of Commerce comms manager Lauren Cox in an email. “Several meetings have already taken place. Efforts will be led by the City (Department of Commerce along with Planning & Development) and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), with support from Select Greater Philadelphia and others.”
One important note: As Philly Voice reports, the City of Camden is putting together a bid independent of Philly, as is Wilmington, Delaware. At least for now, this rules out the possibility of a joint “Philadelphia area” pitch that could include those two neighboring cities.
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) September 14, 2017
“When we work together, our rich diversity ensures we can rise to any challenge,” said Mayor Jim Kenney in a blurb atop the digital form. “I’ve been so thrilled by the outpouring of support from people like you! Share how you’d like to help make sure #PhillyDelivers for Amazon.”
We’ll keep you posted on the proposal as it starts to come together.
P.S: Organizer and frequent Meetup attendee Michael Bertoni is hoping to collect a million (!) signatures to support Philly as the next Amazon site.