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After months of public records requests and a court case, Cleveland must release HQ2 bid details

Posted at 10:26 AM, Apr 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-28 10:26:32-04

After weeks of silence about the Amazon bid, the Greater Cleveland Partnership released a vague video about some of Cleveland's strengths but it never went into any details about what they offered or pitched Amazon to land their second headquarters —HQ2.

When the results of the top 20 finalists came in, nearby cities like Pittsburgh and Columbus made the list, but not Cleveland.

News 5 submitted public records requests to the City of Cleveland to find out what exactly was in that bid.

But after a month without an answer, we followed up with an email, then another email, then another, until our station had to file a formal complaint about excessive delays.

In that time, News 5 took the matter to the courts. While we still haven't received our ruling, another media outlet did.

On Friday the court ruled that the Northeast Ohio Area Wide Coordinating Agency "failed to show that any information in the HQ2 document constitutes a trade secret."

That means they'll have to tell the public what exactly is in the bid.

While we still don't know what's in that bid yet, we should very soon.

Related: Why Amazon's 20 finalist cities are bad, awful choices for its new HQ