Good cell service, airport part of Philly's Amazon pitch

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 12, 2018 5:48 AM

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(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia knew how to stand out among the 238 applicants who wanted their towns to become home to Amazon's second headquarters: strong cellphone service.

That's according to a heavily redacted copy of the city's bid for the Seattle tech giant's upcoming second headquarters.

Besides being able to hear each other on the phone, Philadelphia's proposal also touted the city's proximity to other cities, the length of time it takes to fill engineering jobs and its airport.

The city's bid also pitched possible locations for the headquarters, noted Philadelphia's affordable housing markets against that of other major metro areas and included details of its many historic sites.

Amazon's request set off a race among governments across the country to nab its new headquarters and the 50,000 new jobs that the company is promising.

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