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The Five Spot: 5 sweeteners for Tacoma’s Amazon HQ2 bid

What can Tacoma do to entice Amazon here? Let us count the ways. Bruce Kendall, president and CEO for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, is gung-ho about our chances. Here, he flashes his best Five Spot salute.
What can Tacoma do to entice Amazon here? Let us count the ways. Bruce Kendall, president and CEO for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, is gung-ho about our chances. Here, he flashes his best Five Spot salute. News Tribune photo

Five last-minute, can’t-miss revisions to Tacoma’s bid for the second Amazon headquarters.

1 Every Amazon employee welcomed to town with Almond Roca heart gift tin. Inside five of them: golden tickets for a backstage Brown & Haley tour.

2 Slogan used throughout PowerPoint presentation: “Nobody’s better at playing second fiddle to Seattle than we are.” (Rejected slogan: “We make No. 2 into an art form.”)

3 Emphasize repeatedly that we have light rail; leave out part about it being a detached line that goes back and forth over the same 1.6-mile track.

4 Never mind Tacoma’s $12 minimum wage. Point out that we actually have the country’s cheapest labor force ($1 a day or less at Northwest Detention Center).

5 Enlist former Mayor Bill Baarsma to schmooze Amazon executives with a night of tequila shots and Tacoma historical trivia.

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6 In same way that King and Snohomish counties teamed up for joint bid, Tacoma announces it will combine firepower with Parkland.

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