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Massachusetts' Amazon HQ2 Bid Touts 26 Potential Sites

Massachusetts' state bid for Amazon's second headquarters is out.

Gov. Charlie Baker's administration released the state's bid Friday morning. Totaling 182 pages, it includes 26 potential sites the state is hoping might become the tech giant's new second home, with locations in its urban heavyweights, like Boston and Worcester, as well as less populous areas, like Pittsfield and Gardner.

The locations in the state's bid are largely concentrated in eastern Massachusetts. Not unlike Boston, the state's bid also boasts about its academic institutions and skilled workers. The bid also states:

Talent comes to Massachusetts for our world-class educational facilities, but stays to take advantage of our quality of life. This includes a variety of housing options, great K-12 schools, ample opportunities for civic engagement, extensive cultural and recreational amenities, and an open-minded spirit that embraces new things.

Among the state's proposal are these other places:

  • The Exxon Mobil site in Everett
  • Patriots Place in Foxborough
  • Osgood Landing in North Andover (from the Merrimack Valley's joint bid)
  • Centennial Park Peabody in Peabody
  • Atlantic Waterfront in Lynn
  • Fore River Shipyard in Quincy
  • Leominster Mall in Leominster
  • 100 Campus Drive in Marlborough
  • EMC/Dell campus in Westborough

Although the bid doesn’t make promises about specific tax incentives, it does note that legally, the capacity of the state's economic development tax credit program caps at $30 million per year.

The state also says another program that finances public infrastructure initiatives that support private development has $380 million in available funding.

The administration says state legislators, politicians from various cities and towns, as well as members of business and academic communities, worked with the state to create the bid.

Read the final bid:

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