Business Development

Hustle from Day One – A Look Inside the Amazon Bid

Local Leaders Will Look to Attract Other High-Growth Companies

Click here for the proposal (

In mid-October, St. Louis leaders submitted a unified regional bid for Amazon’s second headquarters — known as HQ2.  Three months later, Amazon announced its 20 finalists for HQ2.

While St. Louis did not make the short list, local leaders see the unified bid as a blueprint for future economic development efforts.

“For the first time ever, a real estate development was proposed for both sides of the (Mississippi) River,” Partnership CEO Sheila Sweeney said in multiple media interviews.  “We realize the new way forward is to be regional for St. Louis – airport to airport, river to river.”

The Amazon proposal was viewed thousands of times.  In addition to the United States, it was seen as far away as Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Spain and the United Kingdom.  We hope you’ll take a look at the proposal and share it with others.

The Partnership would like to publicly thank the following companies/organizations/individuals for their efforts with the Amazon proposal:

BigWideSky — website design
Clayco/Forum Studio — lead urban planners/architects
Coolfire Studios — “Hustle from Day One” production
Elasticity — social media & video production
*  HOK — urban planner/architect
Mercury Films — video production
Rodgers Townsend — lead creative firm
Werremeyer Creative — graphic design
Mary McHugh — writer
Mistie Thompson — writer

News coverage:

We lost Amazon HQ2, but maybe gained something more valuable — Belleville News-Democrat

St. Louis not a finalist for Amazon HQ2 — KMOV-TV (Channel 4)

St. Louis leaders tout rejected Amazon plan as blueprint for growthKPLR-TV (Channel 11)

Partnership CEO Sheila Sweeney on the Charlie Brennan Show — KMOX Radio (1120 AM)