McCaskill, Blunt pitch Missouri cities for Amazon HQ2

Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill. (Getty Images)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri’s U.S. senators are pitching the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas as potential sites for Amazon’s second headquarters.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt touted the state’s infrastructure, central location and hiking trails as big pluses in a copy of a letter to Amazon provided by McCaskill’s office Monday.

McCaskill and Blunt say Missouri has a “rich history of fostering technology companies.” They also touted public trnsportation, professional sports teams and the state’s colleges and universities.

Amazon in September opened the search for a second headquarters and promised to spend more than $5 billion on the site. The Seattle-based company says it would bring up to 50,000 jobs.

Kansas City and St. Louis are among many North American cities vying to become Amazon’s second home.

Per a spokesperson for the St.Louis Economic Development Partnership, the City of St. Louis’s bid was not submitted Monday, as the deadline for submission of bids is due by Thursday.  Kathrine Jamboretz also stated the cost of the bid is around $400,000, which was mostly picked up by private donations.

Previous reports said the site proposed as the new St. Louis Rams stadium, just north of Laclede’s Landing is one sites to be included into the bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.  Two other sites, the At&T building, and Railway Exchange building are expected to be offered as headquarters in the Amazon bid.

The bid will also include state and local incentives from Illinois and Missouri.