HQ2 watch: As deadline looms for Amazon headquarters pitch, one metro bows out

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    If there’s one national business saga to keep up on these days, it’s the frenzy by metropolitan areas — including Tampa Bay — to make their best pitches to Amazon in the hope of being chosen as the new location for the giant online retailer’s second massive headquarters. HQ2, as it is called, would create upwards of 50,000 high-paying jobs and billions of dollars of new investment in whichever city it locates in.

    Tampa Bay’s economic development leaders on Friday completed their regional proposal and shipped it to Enterprise Florida. The state’s job recruiting agency and partner with several Florida metro areas pitching themselves to Amazon will, in turn, send the various metro proposals to Amazon this week. The official deadline is Thursday. Amazon says it will make its final decision in 2018.