BOSTON — Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon’s much-vaunted second headquarters that they’re brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, and whispering sweet nothings to the company.

The Associated Press talked to the leaders of more than 50 cities or metropolitan regions about the different ways they’re showcasing themselves to the Seattle e-commerce company. The bids are due Thursday.

Denver and Austin, for instance, boast of “300 days of sunshine” — a sharp contrast to the rainy Pacific Northwest. But Albuquerque upped the ante, promising 310 cloudless days.

Birmingham, Alabama, isn’t just flirting with the idea of landing Amazon’s new headquarters. It’s REALLY flirting, by having people send pre-generated tweets to the company. One reads: “Amazon, we got a 100% match on Bumble. Wanna go on a date?”

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MATT O'BRIEN
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