CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Charlotte is preparing to present Amazon with its bid to build it’s second headquarters here, but they aren’t going with a nuts-and-bolts approach.
“It's the intangibles that are going to make a difference,” said Tariq Bokhari who is helping write the build.
Amazon is seeking bids from cities to build a $5 billion second headquarters.
Wednesday morning nearly 100 people came together at UNC-Charlotte’s uptown campus to brainstorm Charlotte’s best assets.
“Let’s bring together a wide range of people from the community, let's put them together into small groups and let’s see what kind of ideas they come up with,” said Tim Whitmire who organized the event.
He says the city’s real advantage is its people.
“It's the people, it's the fact that so many of us have moved here from somewhere else and there's an openness to new ideas and social fluidity here."
“There's really a sense of fighting for one another. Sacrificing, serving one another,” said Zach Clark who attended the meeting.
If Amazon were to expand to Charlotte, it would bring 50,000 new jobs. Bids are due October 19. Charlotte launched www.CharlotteIsPrime.com to accompany it's bid.
More than 100 cities are in the running including Boston, Washington, DC and Atlanta.
But folks here say the Queen City has something the other cities don't.
“When you look at our cost of living that's one great example that DC is not going to be able to compete with Charlotte is cost of living,” said Bokhari.
Amazon's short list of cities will be announced December 1.