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LR says no thanks to Amazon, kicks off #LoveLittleRock campaign to recruit other business

The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce along with Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola announced Wednesday that they will not be submitting a proposal to bring Amazon’s HQ2 to Little Rock. (KATV)

The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce along with Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola announced Thursday that they will not be submitting a proposal to bring Amazon’s HQ2 to Little Rock, instead, using the opportunity to announce a new business recruiting campaign through a website, social media blast and full-page advertisement in the Washington Post.

The city hopes the new campaign, "Love Little Rock", will attract new businesses and encourage residents to share pride for their city using the #LoveLittleRock hashtag.

In addition to the campaign, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola proclaimed October 19, 2017, as "Love Little Rock Day".

Since Amazon's initial announcement about their search for a new city to build their headquarters, cities across the world have been fighting to win over the online retail store, in hopes, they will call their area 'home'.

According to The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, "although the city does not meet Amazon's behemoth criteria, community leaders took this opportunity to highlight all the things that make Little Rock one of America's most attractive cities to call home."

As part of the campaign, the Chamber of Commerce also created LoveLittleRock.org to point out the city's positive attributes and the advantages of doing business in Little Rock.

President and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber Jay Chesshir released the following statement:

We need to start the campaign with a bang and grab the attention of national business leaders across the country. It's our hope that this campaign continues to be a rallying cry for Little Rock resdidents to take ownership in the place we all call home by sharing why they "Love Little Rock" and, in ythe process, we hope that spreading this good news causes other buisinesses to put the Little Rock region in their consideration set for site selection.

Prior to the launch of the city's new campaign, a full-page letter from Little Rock To Amazon titled, "We need to Talk" appeared in Thursday's Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Mayor Mark Stodola who spoke at the news conference Thursday morning had this to say, " We are all proud of the community we've built in Little Rock. The chamber's new economic development campaign is something the city is proud to be a partner and to help mobilize our residents in sending the Love Little Rock message far and wide."

In 2017, Little Rock was listed on U.S. News and World Report's list of "most Affordable Places to Live" and among the "Best Cities for New Graduates" by Goodcall. com.

The following four national corporate headquarters call Little Rock home: Bank of the Ozarks, Dillard's, Stephens, Inc,, And Windstream.

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