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Amazon.com said on Monday that it has received 238 proposals from cities and regions across North America after the company invited bids to host its planned second headquarters.

The tally is in: Amazon received 238 proposals from cities, states, districts and territories interested in hosting the company's second headquarters. To accommodate the company's growth in Seattle, taxpayers funded hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements, although Amazon directly contributed $30 billion to the local economy. "The team is excited to review each of them!" For instance, New Jersey promised $7 billion in tax credits if the Amazon HQ2 comes to Newark. Some proposals were a bit on the creative side.

Georgia's incentive package is big: The state is offering more than $1 billion in incentives to lure Amazon to the state. The mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Stonecrest, Jason Lary, said that Jeff Bezos would be the mayor of that city for life, notes Reuters.

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Irvine's attempt to be chosen as the home of Amazon's second headquarters will face 237 other competitors from across North America, the online retailer announced Monday.

Ahead of the deadline, some cities turned to stunts to try and stand out: Representatives from Tucson, Arizona, sent a 21-foot tall cactus to Amazon's Seattle headquarters; NY lit the Empire State Building orange to match Amazon's smile logo.

Amazon says its new headquarters, dubbed HQ2, would bring 50,000 high-skilled jobs. Amazon followed it up with another claim, saying every dollar invested into its first headquarters has generated $1.40 for Seattle's economy.

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Irvine is a "thriving city of almost 270,000 residents in the middle of Orange County, the sixth largest county in the US with 3.2 million residents", Wagner wrote, adding that Amazon would "have access to almost 415,000 STEM workers, the largest pool in North America" and "to more than 130 higher education institutions (including seven world-class, top 50 ranked universities), which collectively produce more than 30,000 STEM graduates per year". Mexican bids emanated from the states of Chihuahua, Hidalgo and Queretaro. By holding the auction for HQ2 publicly, the company was likely able to pressure cities into competing to give Amazon better write-offs, subsidies, or tax breaks to an even greater degree.

Amazon is expected to announce a victor next year.

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