The leaders who put together Rochester’s proposal to Amazon say they will not release it to the public. That means taxpayers won’t find out how much public money was offered to the Seattle-based company.

“We do not have plans at this point to make our proposal public,” said Matt Hurlbutt, CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise, which coordinated the proposal to Amazon on a local level.

Rochester did not make the cut for Amazon's HQ2. The final 20 cities were revealed on Thursday. It's a disappointment for the team that put together Rochester's proposal, but they point out that all of the finalists were large-market areas.

We discuss their bid, and the plan for economic revitalization now that the Amazon dream has died. Our guests:

  • Bob Duffy, CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Matt Hurlbutt, CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise
  • Alex White, local activist, organizer, and small business founder

Rochester and Buffalo have teamed up to offer a joint regional proposal to Amazon to be the site of the company's second headquarters, but is it the right move?

A man who understand's Amazon's culture is skeptical. Nicholas Wilt worked as a principal engineer for Amazon for six years in Seattle. Now, he's back in Rochester, and he says the Flower City would have done better offering a proposal on its own. Wilt says he can see Amazon doing well in Rochester because Amazon embraces frugality and Rochester offers "a tremendous value."

We sit down with Wilt to hear this thoughts on the joint proposal, and what it would mean to have Amazon in Rochester.