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Emails: Utah Focused On Draper Prison Land In Amazon Pitch

Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, which is potentially a hotspot for new Amazon headquarters.
Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah

Utah officials trying to persuade Amazon to build its new headquarters in the state decided the site of an aging prison in Draper would be the best spot to pitch for the project.

That's according to emails released by the city of West Jordan under a public records request.

The emails show the Governor's Office of Economic Development zeroed in on the Draper site at a Sept. 15 meeting when preparing to make a pitch to the tech giant.

It's not clear if the 700-acre site ended up being the state's final top choice when it submitted an offer to Amazon to try to land the $5 billion project.

The economic development office declined to confirm or deny the Draper site was at the top of the list.

Other government officials involved didn't return messages or declined to comment.