This Amazon, NYC HQ2 Drama Seems a Bit Fishy
Late last week, the Washington Post (followed by umpteen other local and national news outlets) reported that Amazon is internally discussing the possibility of ditching its plans to open a Long Island-based headquarters after facing backlash from local residents and some city officials. That news follows up on weeks of local posturing by Amazon in the Long Island and surrounding NYC neighborhoods to win public support via local mailings and an all-out charm offensive.
The WaPo report, which cited anonymous sources within the company, said that among the options being considered was ditching New York City altogether in favor of moving the headquarters somewhere else where Amazon would be welcomed with open arms. That’s been the case in Crystal City, right outside of Washington, DC—the other HQ2 campus location—as well as Nashville, where Amazon also plans to open a logistics and operational warehouse. Both of those locations have already passed the proposed incentives packages for Amazon to set up shop, while New York state isn’t expected to approve any incentives packages until 2020, according to the report.
In follow up reports, though, Amazon has tried to remain positive on the prospect that it’ll end up opening its HQ2 campus in the city.