Pittsburgh To Amazon: ‘Wait To See What We Do Next’
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Pittsburgh To Amazon: ‘Wait To See What We Do Next’


FIND UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE ANYTIME AT KDKA.COM. MORE BREAKING NEWS, THERE ARE NEW DETAILS ABOUT PITTSBURGH’S PROPOSAL TO BECOME THE NEXT SITE OF AMAZON’S NEW HEADQUARTERS. TODAY MARKS THE DEADLINE FOR CITIES TO SUBMIT THEIR BIDS. AMAZON WILL INVEST $5 BILLION IN THE CITY THAT THEY CHOOSE AND PITTSBURGH HOPES TO BE CHOSEN. LOCAL OFFICIALS JUST WRAPPED UP A CONFERENCE ON THE PROPOSAL. PAUL MARTINO JOINS US WITH THE LATEST. Reporter: IT IS FIERCE COMPETITION BUT MANY BELIEVE PITTSBURGH WILL END UP BEING ONE OF THE FINALISTS IN THIS AMAZON SWEEPSTAKES. THE MAYOR, THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE WRAPPING UP. A NEWS CONFERENCE IN WHICH THEY SAY THEY HAVE SUBMITTED A PLAN. THEIR BID TO BE THE HOME FOR THE NEW AMAZON HEADQUARTERS AND AS YOU MENTIONED IT MEANS 50,000 JOBS, $5 BILLION IN THE ADVANCEMENTS. WE HAVE BEEN REPORTING ABOUT PITTSBURGH’S STRENGTHS LIKE PITTSBURGH AND CMU. ALSO THE COST OF LIVING IS A BIG SELLING POINT, IT WILL BE CHEAPER FOR AMAZON FOLK TO LIVE HERE BUT PERHAPS THE STRONGEST ASSET IS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE MANY SHOVEL READY SITES. THE CITY HAS BEEN PREPARING FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS AND WE HAVE CLEANED UP BROWNFIELD SITES AND SPOTS AT THE AIRPORT. THERE ARE A LOT OF DESIRABLE LOCATIONS FOR THE HEADQUARTERS. AS THEY SUBMITTED THE PROPOSAL THIS MORNING, THE POLITICIANS HAVE SAID THEY ARE RELIEVED IT IS FINALLY SUBMITTED AND THEY ARE OPTIMISTIC. I ALMOST FEEL LIKE WHEN YOU GO BACK TO COLLEGE. I USED THE ANALOGY THE OTHER DAY. WHEN YOU STUDY FOR A TEST AND YOU KNOW YOU DID WELL ON THE TEST AND I KNOW THE PROPOSAL WE PUT TOGETHER WE DID VERY WELL. I FEEL THAT OUR CHANCES ARE VERY GOOD. I FEEL THAT WE ARE CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE FRONT-RUNNERS AND THIS ISN’T SOMETHING THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER IN JUST A MONTH. IT HAS BEEN PUT TOGETHER OVER DECADES. THIS IS THE WORK OF EVERYBODY WHO BELIEVED IN PITTSBURGH IN A TIME WHEN MOST PEOPLE SAID WE WERE DEAD. Reporter: MAKE NO MISTAKE THIS IS A FIERCELY COMPETITIVE PROCESS. DOZENS OF CITIES HAVE MADE THEIR BID TO LAND THE SECOND AMAZON HEADQUARTERS. IT WILL BE SOMETIME NEXT YEAR BEFORE WE GET ANY KIND OF INDICATION ABOUT HOW THIS IS GOING. IT IS LIKELY THEY WILL PUT TOGETHER A SHORT LIST AND MANY OF THE TECH PUBLICATIONS HAVE PUT PITTSBURGH ON A SHORT LIST. WE WILL SEE WHAT THAT MEANS AND THEN WE EXPECT DELEGATION TO COME VISIT THE SITES AND SEE HOW DESIRABLE THEY ARE. THERE IS EXCITEMENT HERE AT

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