Amazon bid videos: Which one do you like the best?

October 20, 2017 08:39 PM

Amazon is on the clock. 

The company has close to 100 proposals from cities across North America. The winner gets Amazon's new world headquarters and 50,000 jobs. Team Rochester-Buffalo got its proposal in on Wednesday. 

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And attached to the proposal was a flashy video telling Amazon what makes our community special. 

So News10NBC compiled videos from the top contenders to see how they match up with Team Rochester-Buffalo. Let's look at the competition. News10NBC is using the Moody's list which ranks Rochester as Amazon's 4th best option.


The most unique video is Atlanta. It follows a woman hand delivering the city's proposal to Amazon's office in Seattle. The message is: big city, great public transportation. And when the woman buckles her seat belt on her Delta flight, the flight attendant says, "the first of 11 direct flights from Atlanta to Seattle today."

Rochester and Buffalo have no direct flights to Seattle. But in the time it took for the woman to get her Uber, Team Rochester-Buffalo emailed its proposal to Amazon.


"The Philadelphia airport is a 15 minute Uber from here," says a business owner in Philadelphia. Philly is Moody's third pick. The message is: it's easy to get around and get to New York City. But I was in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention in 2016. It's not that easy.


The Team Rochester-Buffalo video was produced by Pegula Sports and Entertainment -- the owners of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Matt Hurlbutt, Greater Rochester Enterprise: "And that's the message we've been trying to tell people -- be positive. We have a great story to tell. "


Pittsburgh is ranked 5. The video calls Steeltown the city that built America with room for one more good idea "and one more great neighbor" the voice over says as you see a clip of Mr. Rogers.

Boston is ranked 9th in Moody's list. 

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That's how the Boston video started. Boston's video says it's a 400-year-old city where revolutions can still happen. But the median home price in Boston is $563,000. In Monroe County its $132,000 and Amazon wants affordability.

Detroit is unranked but here's Motown's video. 

Detroit's pitch starts with the power of a V8. The video shows images of high tech and heavy metals. But Amazon wants a skilled work force and Motown has lost 60 percent of its population since 1960.

Moody's number one option for Amazon is Austin, Texas. We could not find a video that Austin linked to its proposal.


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