Amazon’s invitation for bids from cities across North America to host HQ2, its second headquarters, has attracted numerous cities. As the cities scramble to meet the deadline and attract the $5 billion investment and 50,000 jobs, professional help is being sought to help put together strong bids that will convince the tech giant.
TribLive.com reports that Pittsburgh is working to produce a very robust proposal and will seek the assistance of a heavyweight consultant. In a unanimous vote the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority appointed Boston Consulting Group Inc. to provide technical help in the preparation of the proposal to Amazon. In a deal that would see the Boston firm pocket $248,000 on the higher threshold, the Urban Redevelopment Authority will cover $50,000 while Allegheny County, foundation grants and the city picking up the rest of the tab.