Group sends Amazon giant cactus as welcoming gift to Arizona

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A large saguaro cactus is loaded onto a truck in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday, destined for Seattle. (Sun Corridor Inc. Photo) A large saguaro cactus is loaded onto a truck in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday, destined for Seattle. (Sun Corridor Inc. Photo)
TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

Forget flowers. Southern Arizona economic leaders are sending Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a giant saguaro cactus ahead of Tucson's proposal to become the future site of the company's second headquarters.

The giant online retailer announced last week that it was looking for a home for its second corporate headquarters or HQ2. The planned project is expected to cost Amazon $5 billion. Once completed, it could house as many as 50,000 workers.

Sun Corridor Inc., an economic development group, sent the 21-foot saguaro cactus to Seattle on Wednesday.

Sun Corridor President and CEO Joe Snell says the saguaro cactus is meant to convey to Amazon that there is room in Tucson for the company to grow long term.

Amazon is expected to choose a location by 2018.

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