Gov. Raimondo: Rhode Island's Amazon bid under wraps for competitive reasons

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, photo, an Amazon employee gives her dog a biscuit as the pair head into a company building, where dogs are welcome, in Seattle. Whichever city lands Amazon’s second headquarters, some people in Seattle, its original hometown, say there are downsides to having the tech giant in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, photo, an Amazon employee gives her dog a biscuit as the pair head into a company building, where dogs are welcome, in Seattle. Whichever city lands Amazon’s second headquarters, some people in Seattle, its original hometown, say there are downsides to having the tech giant in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state is not releasing its pitch for Amazon's second headquarters for competitive reasons.

The state was one of many that made bids to the e-commerce giant on Thursday for the $5 billion project.

Some states and communities, including Massachusetts, released their bids. But Raimondo on Friday told WPRO News that Rhode Island has a strong pitch, and she doesn't need the world to know every detail. She says she wants the state to be in the best position to negotiate.

The Democratic governor says the bid includes existing tax incentive programs that the state already offers.

Rhode Island's bid includes seven possible locations: Providence, Pawtucket-Central Falls, East Providence, Warwick, North Kingstown, Richmond and Woonsocket.

 

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