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What gift should Pittsburgh send Amazon to win HQ2?

Aaron Aupperlee
| Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, 2:03 p.m.
A cactus in Saguaro National Park, May 13, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.
A cactus in Saguaro National Park, May 13, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.

What do you give the company that has everything?

At least one group decided to sweeten their bid for Amazon's second headquarters with a gift, as if the promise of tax breaks and development incentives weren't already enough.

Sun Corridor, an economic development agency in Tucson, Ariz., planned to send Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a 21-foot Saguaro cactus.

Amazon politely declined the gift and donated it to the Desert Museum in Tucson.

Sun Corridor said the cactus was a symbol of the growth possible in Tucson.

"We're thrilled they took notice — that was our intent. We wanted to be bold in sending a creative message of, 'We have room for you to grow here for the long term.' Nothing signifies that better than a saguaro," Sun Corridor Inc. spokeswoman Laura Shaw said in an email to The Associated Press.

Cities across North America are scrambling to put together bids to entice Amazon. The Seattle company said its second headquarters could bring $5 billion in investments and create as many as 50,000 jobs. Amazon was not shy about saying that it expects economic incentives as part of the deal.

Pittsburgh did not send Amazon any gifts and has not considered it, said Tim McNulty, a spokesman for Mayor Bill Peduto.

But what should Pittsburgh send Amazon? A Primanti Bros. sandwich or perhaps some pierogies? Maybe a Terrible Towel?

How about one of the boats from the Log Jammer? Kennywood isn't using them anymore.

And Bezos, if you still really do want a Saguaro cactus, check out Amazon . There is a live one for $24.99 plus $7.49 in shipping. Not Prime.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at, 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.

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