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With a Week Left, Kansas Continues Work on Amazon Bid

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer. (File photo by Stephen Koranda)

With a deadline a week away, Kansas continues to work on its pitch to lure Amazon to the Kansas City region to build its second headquarters. Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer has been helping to develop what he calls the biggest bid Kansas has ever made for a company.

“Because you’ve never had a company that’s said ‘we’re going to have $5 billion in salaries going out to a community.’ That’s transformational,” Colyer said.

Colyer isn’t releasing many details, but says Kansas will be leveraging its infrastructure, good schools, and transportation.

The state is coordinating with the inter-state Kansas City Area Development Council to come up with the proposal.

“It’s a bit of a moonshot, but we’re going to be working with everyone and with the regional council to put our best foot forward,” Colyer said.

Kansas City, Missouri’s Mayor Sly James launched an online campaign Wednesday to draw Amazon’s attention to the region.

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