Here’s a Look at Philly’s Final Push for Amazon
Bids for Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 are due tomorrow (that was fast!), and Philadelphia has really cranked up the wooing this week.
If you’ve taken even just a peek into Philly’s social media world, you’ll see that #PhillyDelivers is blowing up. Residents all across town are taking to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to explain why Philly is the best place for Amazon’s second headquarters. Here are a few highlights:
Philly Delivers Amazon Coffee
Coffee shops like La Colombe have taken things to another level. Think latte rosettas are impressive? Try 3-D printed lattes. Today, the company’s Independence and Fishtown cafes are featuring the special Amazon design.
— La Colombe Coffee (@LaColombeCoffee) October 18, 2017
Quaker City Coffee jumped in with some coffee bean action.
— Quaker City Coffee (@QuakerCoffee) October 18, 2017
Philly Delivers Some Cute Kids
— Haneeja (@Haneeja) October 18, 2017
— Deana Gamble (@Deana_Gamble) October 18, 2017
— Please Touch Museum (@pleasetouch) October 18, 2017
Philly Delivers Alpacas
— Stephen Clark (@PPDSteveClark) October 17, 2017
City organizations and residents zeroed in on the city’s murals, walkability and bike share program:
— Mural Arts (@muralarts) October 18, 2017
— Mikecia Witherspoon (@mickeyspoons) October 16, 2017
— GovLabPHL (@govlabphl) October 18, 2017
And also on its young promising talent:
— Louisa Mfum-Mensah (@ltmfum) October 17, 2017
— TechGirlz (@TechGirlzorg) October 17, 2017
At Dilworth Park, commuters stopped by a #PhillyDelivers board to jot down some thoughts:
— Visit Philly (@visitphilly) October 18, 2017
On Thursday morning, Philadelphia will officially submit its bid. If you’re wondering just how many people were involved in the effort, the city’s Amazon HQ2 coalition says more than 200 leaders in the region’s business sector, including 76 from the startup community, as well as more than 65 college and university presidents signed letters of support or provided testimonials. In addition to Wharton’s pitch competition, 170 students shared insight on talent attraction in a Campus Philly survey. Various business organizations participated in weekly calls and gave feedback on the city’s proposal. City Council signed a resolution to encourage Amazon to choose the city and Governor Wolf and state representatives made pitches for all of Pennsylvania’s cities and towns.
Last month, Department of Commerce Chief of Staff Sylvie Gallier Howard, one leader in the Amazon effort, told us that Philadelphia’s overall proposal would include a creative element. Parts of the creative element were released this week. Three videos featuring some of region’s top business leaders highlight various Philly strengths. Check them out below:
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