De­spite pool­ing as­sets, Buf­falo, Rochester still long shots in bid for Ama­zon’s HQ2

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If you com­bine one long-shot bid for the cov­eted sec­ond Ama­zon head­quar­ters with an­other long-shot bid, does that make the odds of win­ning all that much bet­ter?

De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cials in Buf­falo and Rochester, af­ter can­didly as­sess­ing their mea­ger chances of lur­ing Ama­zon and po­ten­tially 50,000 jobs to one of the cities, said Thurs­day that they have agreed to work to­gether in their pur­suit of the on­line re­tail­ing giant.

Team­ing up, they reckon, takes two weak bids and cre­ates a sin­gle one that has added heft and can bet­ter pro­vide some of the things that Ama­zon wants. In­stead of sep­a­rate bids from metro ar­eas that barely meet the min­i­mum pop­u­la­tion thresh­old that Ama­zon set of 1 mil­lion peo­ple and that rank out­side the Top 50 for to­tal pop­u­la­tion, the com­bined bid cov­ers an area with 2.2 mil­lion peo­ple that ranks in the high 20s.

“It’s re­ally us ver­sus ev­ery­body else, and this is a very com­pet­i­tive process,” said Thomas A. Kucharski, pres­i­dent of In­vest Buf­falo Ni­a­gara, the lo­cal busi­ness-de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing group that is

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