These cities are most likely to win Amazon's $5B HQ2 bid

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Memphis may not be a real serious player in the sweepstakes to land Amazon's second headquarters, but the city is certainly trying to become one.

"There are several major USA cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company", said Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary, reported the Atlanta Journal Constitution's website.

"There are several major USA cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company", said Jason Lary, the mayor of Stonecrest, Ga.

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On Monday, the city council chose to de-annex 345 acres of land if they are chosen for the project site. Stonecrest is less than 30 miles from Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport and Lary said it would be possible to extend rail service if Amazon chooses his city.

That might not sound like much, but it does cater to Amazon's wish for an area ripe for expansion-the company is pledging over $5 billion in capital investments to the new headquarters.

Stonecrest officials reportedly plan to submit an official bid to Amazon before the October 19 deadline so only time will tell if a city named after his pride and joy is enough to sway Bezos.

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The city also would encourage the local Economic Development Board to offer Amazon a tax freeze for up to 30 years. Or should we say Amazon, Georgia?

"How could you not want your 21st century headquarters to be located in a city named Amazon?", he said.

The city government's website opens with a photo of the new council's swearing-in last May but then moves quickly to a slide that declares "Shop the Mall at Stonecrest".

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New York City dominated the labor and transportation categories, but was the lowest scoring city in terms of cost of doing business. Amazon, for its part, has largely kept quiet while cities frantically make their cases.

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