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Philadelphia to make pitch to be Amazon's 2nd home

Pittsburgh also plans to 'compete' for new site

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia plans to make a pitch to be Amazon's second home.

Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney said the city would be a "prime" location.

Seattle-based Amazon said Thursday it will be spending more than $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house as many as 50,000 employees.

It wants to be near a metro area with more than a million people, have direct access to mass transit and be within 45 minutes of an international airport. It also wants a lot of room to grow and be able to attract top technical talent.

A city spokeswoman said Philadelphia fits the bill perfectly. She said the city would give Amazon a "perfectly located East Coast hub" with access to a rapidly growing millennial talent pool. She said Philly is also much more affordable than other nearby East Coast cities.

Pittsburgh said it also plans to "compete" for the new site and has already scheduled strategy sessions and started planning.

"With an unmatched portfolio of technological talent and intriguing development parcels, Pittsburgh is uniquely positioned to submit a winning bid for Amazon's facility. This is a transformational opportunity unlike any that we've ever seen," Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto said in a statement.

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