Bidding War for Amazon Underway, Little Rock Prepares Pitch

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The bidding war for Amazon is like a jungle, and Little Rock hopes to emerge as king. The Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday it was in the midst of working with Mayor Mark Stodola on the city's pitch to Amazon in hopes of landing the company's second headquarters. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 19.

The New York Times reported Monday:
Tucson, Arizona sent Amazon's CEO a 21-foot cactus. Frisco, Texas sent a video with a Jerry Jones endorsement, and Tulsa turned its mayor's office into a war room.

Mayor Stodola said earlier this month he plans to "think big and be creative" when making his pitch for Amazon's second headquarters. He hasn't revealed any further details.

We hit the River Market on Tuesday seeking suggestions.

"The cost of living here is really low and the quality of living here is really high," says Meleah Bowles, who works downtown.

Many mentioned affordability but also gave their take on gift ideas.

"Yeah, we can go over there to the Big Rock Quarry and uh, ship him a stone," Everett Gooch says, who also works downtown.

"I think he should try sending a giant thing of cheese dip because that's our Arkansas thing," adds Bowles.

One out-of-towner added his perspective on the nationwide competition. Bill Robertson was visiting from Chicago when our crews caught up with him. Chicago is a city that's also vying for Amazon's second headquarters. We asked Robertson which city has a better chance of landing the retail giant.

"Little Rock," Robertson says. "People are evacuating Chicago and moving to other places like Little Rock."

Mayor Stodola hopes Amazon follows suit.


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