The city of Chicago has officially submitted its bid to be home to Amazon's second headquarters.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner say the bid was submitted electronically Monday. The online retailer is taking bids until Thursday. Amazon has said it will spend more than $5 billion to build the second headquarters, or HQ2. Once completed it would result in up to 50,000 new jobs.
Business Insider earlier this month reported that more than 50 cities, including Gary, across the country and Canada have submitted bids. Other media reports suggest as many as 100 communities have submitted proposals to the online retail giant.
Gary took out an advertisement in the New York Times last month appealing directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The Northwest Indiana Forum, the Portage-based economic development agency, also has contacted Amazon.
The NWI Forum is working with both Gary and state government officials, but is looking at potential locations all over the Region, not just in Gary.
Emanuel said Chicago's bid highlights the city's talent pool and transportation options. He said Chicago "offers unparalleled potential for future growth." The city didn't offer details, citing competitiveness. Chicago's bid committee includes more than 600 business, civic, cultural and educational leaders.
Amazon said it will make a decision sometime next year.