Mayor Kenney on Philly’s Amazon HQ2 bid: We’re going to win this

Before a jam-packed auditorium at the Barnes Foundation, Mayor Jim Kenney — after a 42-day sprint to put together a comprehensive proposal to send Amazon in its search for an HQ2 site — said nine words that lit up the place:

“I just want to say, we’re going to win.”

It was the hurrah moment of the morning. Kenney thanked the Amazon HQ2 coalition, a bandwagon of 200 local business leaders at the reveal of the city’s proposal. “I have never been more proud of our city and our region,” Kenney said. “Everything we’ve done has really stepped up to the plate.”

The public-facing component of the proposal was built into a website that features interactive maps, a slate of four videos and an 85-page document with letters of support from City Council, Gov. Tom Wolf and local founders. It was built by a collective of local firms: Azavea, Interface Studio, J2 Design, Leveler, Skai Blue Media and The Tactile Group.

Amazon also received a private, password-protected component of the site with details on the incentives offered and specs from the four physical sites being proposed. It was also sent in physical form. Tax-incentive figures were not publicly disclosed at the event, but the Chamber’s president, Rob Wonderling, told the whole package exceeded $1 billion.

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