As you're probably very well aware, 20 finalists for the new Amazon HQ2 headquarters have been pulling out all the stops to try to entice Jeff Bezos and his executive team to make the decision in their favor. These cities--including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Pittsburgh, and others--have been offering massive tax breaks and other financial enticements, taking Amazon representatives on city tours, and emphasizing their quality of life.
But finalist Chicago just did all of its 19 competitors one better. The city enlisted the services of William Shatner--who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek television series--to assist in its bid for HQ2 by narrating a video pitch to Amazon.
Why? Well, as it turns out, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is a big Star Trek fan from way back. In fact, in case you've forgotten, Bezos scored a cameo role in the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond, in which he played an alien Starfleet official.
The one-minute-plus video pitching Chicago's many attributes echoes Amazon's bedrock philosophy that every day is day one. After touting Chicago's position as "an economic powerhouse," "a thriving ecosystem of transportation and tech," and "an icon of culture and community," Shatner says at the end of the video, "It's day one in the Second City. Let's get started."
Be sure to check out the Chicago Amazon video below--maybe it will inspire you to "explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations; and to boldly go where no man (or woman) has gone before."
And just maybe it will inspire Jeff Bezos and his HQ2 selection team to make Chicago their choice.