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Missouri makes bid for second Amazon headquarters

Missouri is making a bid to be the second home to the 12th-largest company in the world: Amazon.

A video created by promotes the attributes of the state. The website also features a video by Gov. Eric Greitens, who challenges Amazon to think differently and plunk its second headquarters down in Missouri.

The two biggest candidates are the state’s largest cities: St. Louis and Kansas City. But Columbia was also mentioned as part of the “innovation corridor.”

The Hyperloop is also mentioned. It’s a form of transportation that could move people across the entire state in just 25 minutes.

If Amazon accepts the state’s proposal to locate anywhere in Missouri, University of Missouri system President Mun Choi says the university is ready. “For MU and all the system universities in Kansas City, St. Louis and Rolla, it means that we are going to be participating with the state to develop the type of infrastructure that’s needed to support a high tech business like Amazon,” Choi said. “Obviously we need to train more computer scientists as well as those that are involved in data analytics.”

Amazon says it will invest more than $5 billion dollars in construction on its second headquarters. Company officials also say the project could bring as many as 50,000 new high-paying jobs.

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