Dayton Confident Minnesota Can Make Strong Amazon Bid

September 29, 2017 10:27 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton made headlines when he said Minnesota would make a "restrained" bid for Amazon to build a second corporate headquarters.

In an interview Friday, he clarified those that statement by saying he was only talking about the amount of tax incentives the state would offer.


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"Restrained was again meant to say we're not going to go whole hog into tax subsidies, tax forgiveness for 100 years or whatever else," Dayton says.

The governor and his commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development met Friday with the CEO of Greater MSP, the economic development organization overseeing the bid. They reviewed potential sites and proposals submitted by several communities in the Twin Cities.

Dayton says Minnesota has a lot to offer Amazon aside from tax incentives, including a world class airport and educated workforce.

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"We're going to put forward a very good proposal," Dayton said. "We think Minnesota has so much to offer and we think we can be very competitive based on what we can provide."

Amazon wants bids submitted by Oct. 19.


Tom Hauser

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