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Oct 12, 12:24 PM EDT

Virginia putting together 'strong proposal' for Amazon HQ2


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A leader in a regional economic development group says the Richmond area plans to make a strong regional push to try to lure Amazon to build its second North American headquarters in Virginia.

Hanover County Supervisor Angela Kelly-Wiecek, chairwoman of the board of directors at the Greater Richmond Partnership, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch she thinks the region has a good chance.

She would not provide information on the number of sites or where they are located. But she said officials are crafting "a very strong proposal together as a region."

State officials would not release specifics, but praised officials across the state for working together to look for the best prospects.

Last month, Seattle-based Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters that would employ 50,000 people.

Proposals are due Oct. 19.

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