Mayor Frank Jackson and County Executive Armond Budish announced this afternoon that Cleveland had formally submitted its bid to land the tech giant Amazon's second headquarters, the so-called HQ2.
At a press conference, Budish said that more than 20 organizations and 90 individuals had worked days, nights and weekends over the past several weeks to assemble a strong bid package. All bids were due today.
Though the bid itself is evidently proprietary, meaning no specifics will be shared — which, why? — Budish said he was confident Cleveland had distinguished itself from the more than 100 other cities who have submitted bids.
"I truly believe that this is the best location for Amazon in the country," Budish exulted.
The bid was submitted by the TeamNEO and the Greater Cleveland Partnership on behalf of the public entities. Leaders are encouraging everyone to use the #AmazonHQ2CLE hashtag to build momentum and all that jazz. Finalists likely won't be selected until 2018.