Amazon picks New York, Virginia for headquarters

A pedestrian walks past a mural in the Long Island City neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York U.S. on Friday Nov. 9 2018

A pedestrian walks past a mural in the Long Island City neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York U.S. on Friday Nov. 9 2018

In Virginia, state representative Lee Carter warned that thousands will be priced out of their homes with the influx of high-paid tech workers.

Seattle-based Amazon announced Tuesday that its search for office locations had led it to two neighborhoods - Long Island City in the New York City borough of Queens, and National Landing, "an urban community in Northern Virginia less than 3 miles from downtown Washington, D.C.", the company said in a blog post. Furthermore, Amazon announced a third non-HQ location in its HQ2 announcement in Nashville, where the company will be receiving tax subsidies as well.

"We are thrilled that Amazon has selected New York City for its new headquarters", said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Plus, even though smaller cities didn't land Amazon HQ2, Amazon did announce it would add 5,000 jobs at a new operations hub in Nashville, and has already added 6,000 jobs in numerous other 218 cities that did not make its list of the 20 finalists.

Amazon said it will generate $10 billion in additional tax revenue in NY and $3.2 billion in revenue in Virginia over the span of 20 years.

Policy analysts recommend the cities bringing in new companies should invest in their roads and public transportation, build more market-rate and affordable housing, and partner with universities to grow a highly skilled and diverse talent base.

Not everyone is happy with the deals Amazon made when it picked the multiple locations for its so-called second headquarters.




Each city offered tax incentives to the e-commerce giant, including in NY where the company said it will receive performance-based direct incentives of $1.525 billion - meaning it won't receive money if it doesn't follow through on its promises.

Rather than seeing this as an opportunity for more people in her community to be gainfully employed and the economy to improve, Ocasio-Cortez views it from a democratic socialist's lens: as an opportunity for a greedy corporation to take advantage of people.

"We kept asking questions and we weren't getting anything", he said. "We want to strike while the iron is hot". Amazon's leadership has "a fascination with the East Coast", he said. "We believe there is no better location for their Latin American operations".

Amazon is also receiving over $1.5 billion from NY for basing its headquarters there, and $573 million from Arlington.

"If it is in the cards, it will surface fast enough", Finney said. "Through this process and the exposure received as a result of being the only Canadian city to make the shortlist, the Toronto region is now on the radar screens of companies that would not have otherwise considered locating here". South Florida proposed eight sites including one in Palm Beach County, two in Broward and five in Miami-Dade. It also wanted a suburban or urban area with more than 1 million people and access to mass transit.

Amazon will not be choosing Philadelphia as the site for their next headquarters.

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