Graffiti painted on a sidewalk by someone opposed to the location of an Amazon headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. It's a big reversal of its much-hyped decision to build a new headquarters in Queens after a highly publicized nationwide search.
The Seattle-based online store announced it had canceled the planned Long Island City project Thursday, amid anger over $3billion in tax-breaks promised to Amazon in return for setting up in Queens, and fears it would gentrify the area, pricing-out long-time residents.
Jamila Brown, the New York City-based communications director for SumOfUs, an global consumer watchdog organization, issued a statement, calling Amazon's announcement "an incredible victory for communities across the country who have been resisting this corporate behemoth since day one".
A spokeswoman for Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Andrew Ginther told Barron's the city "turned in a strong proposal for Amazon HQ2 that we are proud of and one that made us a finalist in their search.We have no plans at this time to reach out specifically on this". In a blog post today, the company has announced its decision to forgo NY as a location for its headquarters.
In the early months of the Trump administration, with the president no longer running his family business, his eldest sons embarked on a plan to roll out two new hotel lines in dozens of American cities.
"Amazon chose to come to NY because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business". The company said it would not look for a replacement location, and would continue to build a headquarters as planned in Northern Virginia as well as a smaller operations facility in Nashville.
Inc said Thursday it will not move forward with plans to build a headquarters in NY after rising opposition from local politicians. The Nashville office is expected to have 5,000. But they were divided on the incentives: 46 percent in favor, 44 percent against. On Thursday, Amazon said it wouldn't be looking for an alternative location for the now-abandoned NY campus.
The high-tech work force needed for Amazon's work would have to come from elsewhere, she said.
City and state leaders had agreed to provide about $3bn (£2.3bn) in incentives to secure that investment.
Amazon already has fulfillment centers in Fort Worth's AllianceTexas development (although the building is actually in the city of Haslet), as well as in Coppell and Dallas.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, a big cheerleader for the project, laid the blame on Amazon for walking away. But the online retailer eventually settled on splitting HQ2 between NY and National Landing in Arlington, Virginia - placing 25,000 employees in each location. The company also hinted at the possibility of a partnership with NY in the future.
Showing just how important Amazon has become on the political stage, representatives local and national, from all sides of the aisle commented on the decision.
"The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage".
Furthermore, the statement read, "there are now over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams".