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Kansas City Mayor's Amazon HQ Bid Includes 1,000 Product Reviews

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By    |   Friday, 13 Oct 2017 01:02 PM

The Kansas City mayor's bid for Amazon's second headquarters includes reviews of 1,000 products on the online retailer's website.

With the deadline for applications looming, the race has heated up as several states scramble to impress the e-commerce giant, which plans to invest $5 billion in establishing a second headquarters that would create 50,000 jobs, Engadget noted.

Tucson business leaders attempted to mail a 21-foot cactus to Amazon's chief executive while a Philadelphian business school assigned students with the task of pitching the city to Amazon. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson reportedly flew to Seattle to scout out Amazon's Seattle headquarters, and Jeff Cheney, the mayor of Frisco, Texas, has offered to build his city of 160,000 around Amazon.

However, Kansas City Mayor Sly James's stunt has certainly drawn attention to his state.

As VentureBeat noted, James forked out for 1,000 products from Amazon and then wrote up reviews for every single item before donating it all to charity.

James has done a good job of talking up his city in his reviews by weaving its virtues into his write-ups, which are posted on the website KC5Stars.com.

In one review for a baby's train engineer toddler costume, James wrote: "The mere sight of this surprisingly authentic Baby's Train Engineer Toddler Costume by Fun World Costumes makes me wish I was at the helm of a 200-ton steam locomotive riding the rails into the nations #1 railroad hub by volume: Kansas City, Missouri. I can see myself now, adorned in the included, iconic overalls and red scarf among all those train cars of cargo pulling proudly into KC right on schedule as so many trains do here every day."

In his review for Fiber One Cereal, he wrote: "We have a saying in my hometown that ‘you can never have too much Fiber.' That's how we keep things moving here in Kansas City, home to some of the fastest internet connections on the planet thanks to more fiber per capita than anywhere else in the US."

Cities have until Oct. 19 to submit their pitches to Amazon.

Commenting on this, James told The Kansas City Star "if this helps us get in the finals of Amazon HQ2, that's great, if not, we'll still be proud of this city's future, and a few of us will be a wind chime or two richer."

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