Documents Offer Glimpse of State’s Push to Woo Amazon

BOSTON (AP) — Internal documents show Massachusetts officials moved quickly to seize a potentially lucrative opportunity following Amazon’s announcement in September that it was seeking a second North American headquarters.

Thousands of pages of emails and documents related to the state’s formal bid for Amazon were obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

State officials began formulating a strategy to lure Amazon within hours of the company’s announcement. Officials opted not to endorse a specific location for the headquarters but instead pitch the state as a whole, providing information about 26 possible sites.

MassDevelopment, the state’s semi-independent economic finance agency, paid a consultant nearly $177,000 to help formulate the Amazon bid.

The effort was code-named Project Rufus, after a dog that gained celebrity status while roaming Amazon’s offices during the company’s early days.

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