Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) met Friday with top executives from Sagamore Development, the real estate firm owned by Under Armour chief executive Kevin Plank, to discuss how to draw Amazon.com's planned $5 billion second headquarters to Baltimore.
The governor also toured the online retailer's distribution center in the city and met with company officials.
Hogan said he is willing to offer significant investments, including transportation enhancements and financial incentives, to compete for the new headquarters, which is expected to bring 50,000 jobs to the region where it lands.
Maryland is competing for the new headquarters with many other states and cities, including Washington, D.C., where Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on Thursday released a "Hey Alexa" video explaining why she believes the nation's capital would be the best location.
Amazon, which plans to make a decision about the location next year, has said it will focus its search on metropolitan areas that have more than 1 million people, a "stable and friendly business environment" and can draw technical workers.
"I think we meet all of the criteria, and we're going to make a pitch," Hogan said. "We're going to go after it as hard as we can. It's going to be a united effort between us and the city and the folks involved in the project."
The governor said there is "no question" that he is willing to invest more than the $20 million apiece the state recently offered to keep Marriott International and Northrop Grumman in Maryland.
"This is about attracting a new corporate headquarters with 50,000 new jobs for Maryland, so it's unlike anything we've ever seen before," he said.
The governor made clear that the transportation improvements he would propose would not include a revival of the Red Line rail project, which he canceled in 2015 after declaring it was overpriced and not what the city needed.
"It would do nothing whatsoever for the city," he said Friday. "It's not going to get built."
Sagamore Development is planning a $5.5 billion redevelopment of Baltimore's Port Covington, a waterfront site that previously served as a railroad terminal. The 235-acre project includes a new Under Armour headquarters and a mix of offices, homes, restaurants and green space.
Goldman Sachs recently announced it would provide $233 million in private equity for the redevelopment plan, the largest investment by the financial firm's Urban Investment Group, which assists struggling areas.
Hogan said his office will support any Maryland cities and developers that want to bid for Amazon's second headquarters, but that Port Covington probably makes the most sense.
"I happen to believe that this is the best of the sites that I've seen," he said. "Baltimore City really could use the shot in the arm more than anywhere else."