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County refuses to release Amazon bid info

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Amazon.com logo1When the New York Times received its public information act request on Montgomery County’s incentive offer to Amazon to locate its second headquarters here, the newspaper received 10 pages of material – with every word redacted.

But Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is making no apologies for the lack of transparency in the bid process, saying its secrecy is a prerequisite for attracting the tech-retail giant to the County.

“We're not going to discuss any of the details of our proposal at this point and time,” Leggett said. “Obviously, if we are moving forward, if Montgomery County is in the final running to get this, at that point of time, we will have everything open for people to have a discussion about.”

While other jurisdictions, including the State of Maryland, have publically released details of incentives they are offering to Amazon, Montgomery County is among many jurisdictions bidding to be the home of the retail giant that are refusing to release any details.

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"A Good Deal"

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County and governor push to get Amazon headquarters in MoCo

Amazon.com logo1With an estimated 50,000 potential jobs hanging in the balance, Montgomery County is among the 20 communities vying to be the location of Amazon’s second headquarters, the company announced last week.

Local officials were pleased to see that the County made the cut in a competitive field composed mainly of major cities, each of which is bending over backwards to woo the retailer with a seemingly endless arsenal of tax subsidies and other incentives. 

“As the only county in the country on the short list, having the ability to move forward for further consideration is a real honor,” said County Executive Ike Leggett (D). “I believe our initial proposal made an extremely strong case for Montgomery County as a great place to do business, and I look forward to working with Amazon to bring jobs and investment to the County.”

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White Flint, White Oak possible Amazon sites

Amazon.com logo1Sites in the White Flint area of Rockville and the White Oak area of Silver Spring may be included in Montgomery County’s proposal to Amazon to host the latter’s second headquarters.

As previously reported, as many as 100 states and localities in the United States and Canada are submitting proposals, which are due to Amazon on Oct. 19. Amazon will sift through these first-round bids, and from them choose semi-finalists and finalists in second and third rounds of bidding, before choosing a single location sometime next year. Amazon expects the second headquarters to bring 50,000 mostly high-skilled, high-paying jobs to the winning jurisdiction.

There is no clear public information on what sites, financial incentives, and other features are in the County’s proposal. Amazon is demanding that jurisdictions applying for “HQ2” keep their proposals out of the public eye. David Petr, CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, told the Sentinel that he is under a nondisclosure agreement with Amazon on this matter. MCEDC is the entity submitting the County’s proposal to Amazon.

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