Philadelphia ordered to release details of Amazon HQ2 bid

 A statue of William Penn atop Philadelphia's City Hall can be seen in the forefront of a portion of the city's skyline (WHYY, file)

A statue of William Penn atop Philadelphia's City Hall can be seen in the forefront of a portion of the city's skyline (WHYY, file)

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will have to unveil details of the deals each has offered to Amazon to host the online retail giant’s second U.S. headquarters.

The two cities are among 20 finalists for a facility Amazon has promised will bring 50,000 new jobs and $5 billion in construction spending.

Rob Wonderling, president of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, last year told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Pennsylvania planned to offer Amazon more than $1 billion in tax incentives.

City and state officials had otherwise refused to disclose details.

The state Office of Open Records has given the Commerce Department and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. 30 days to release the bid, according to reporting by philly.com.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has tried to block requests for records of financial incentives the state offered Amazon, asking Commonwealth Court to reverse an Office of Open Records decision ordering their release.

The Office of Open Records has concluded the state “did not prove that the proposal constitutes confidential proprietary information or a trade secret.”


Associated Press contributed to this report.

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