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Boston submits its bid for Amazon, aiming for 50,000 jobs and a transformation

Rendering of Suffolk Downs site from City of Boston Amazon HQ bid
Rendering of Suffolk Downs site from City of Boston Amazon HQ bid. –City of Boston

Boston on Thursday submitted its bid in the heated competition for Amazon’s new $5 billion “second headquarters,’’ a 218-page pitch that leans hard on the region’s intellectual firepower and offers up Suffolk Downs as a site whose ease of development outweighs its distance from the heart of the city.

The detailed proposal, complete with two slick videos, outlines the region’s world-class universities and skilled workforce, and casts Boston as a place where the world comes to think through its toughest problems.

The bid leads with intellectual Boston’s strengths, city officials said, in the hope that brainpower will carry Boston to the top of an estimated 150 proposals that have poured into the tech giant’s Seattle headquarters this week. While other cities have tried gimmicks to get the company’s attention, Boston’s appeal is its fundamentals, said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

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