TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- Mayor GT Bynum wants to pitch Tulsa for Amazon's second headquarters location.
- Bynum said Tulsa’s high quality of life and affordability will set it apart from the dozens of major cities that are competing.
- He said he’s selling Tulsa for what it will become over the next five years and claimed he mentioned the Gathering Place and projects funded by Vision money.
- The mayor’s office said they included people from the community when they drafted the proposal, including local Fortune 500 CEOs, elected officials, as wells as coders and artists.
- The proposed site and any incentives for the company were not revealed.
- Amazon says it’s a $5 billion project, and it will generate as many as 50,000 high paying jobs.
- WATCH the news conference below:
The Tulsa Regional Chamber released a statement in response to Bynum's news conference:
“We at the Tulsa Regional Chamber are very excited about this collaborative proposal,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “We have worked arm-in-arm with Mayor Bynum, city personnel and local organizations to develop what we believe is a very strong case in favor of locating HQ2 in our region. Several of us from the Chamber, the City of Tulsa, our regional partners, and the State of Oklahoma – including Governor Mary Fallin – are currently in New York City hosting an annual event for national site selectors. This type of collaboration enhances our region’s ability to attract great companies, and we hope the same will be true with Amazon.”
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