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Moreno Valley’s Amazon HQ2 pitch stars monorail, phony Washington Post

By in Press Enterprise on November 12, 2017

By Imran Ghori

Moreno Valley officials are hoping a fake newspaper and a monorail will be winning strategies to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to town.

Both were part of a proposal sent last month after Amazon set off a frenzy of competition for its planned second headquarters, which would offer 50,000 high-paying job and $5 billion in local investment. The internet giant received 238 proposals from across the nation, according its web site states.

Moreno Valley officials suggested two possible headquarters sites that could be accessed with a proposed monorail built from the Metrolink Moreno Valley/March Field station.

The Amazon pitch was the first local transportation officials say they’ve heard of plans for a Moreno Valley monorail — which experts say could run in the millions of dollars.

Riverside County submitted a joint application for the Amazon campus that included Moreno Valley as well as properties in Riverside, Perris, Menifee, Murrieta and the March Joint Powers Authority area as part of an attempt to present a unified approach, county officials say.

Moreno Valley — already home to two Amazon facilities — also made a separate pitch and undertook its own marketing campaign.

Moreno Valley produced a fake edition of The Washington Post as part of its attempt to attract Amazon’s second headquarters.

That effort saw city employees produce a phony edition of the Washington Post — which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — with the top headline announcing the city had won bidding for Amazon HQ2. The 24-page, full-color, paper mimics sections found in The Post and includes articles and photos about the Moreno Valley and its Amazon proposal.

“We feel from the city perspective we wanted to submit our own proposal telling the Moreno Valley story,” said Mike Lee, the city’s economic development director.

Extensive efforts

The campaign went beyond mailing Amazon a copy of the newspaper and a […]    

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