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Cities, towns bypassed by the Amazon to revive hope for HQ given New York opposition

NEW YORK (Reuters) – the Cities, which were shunned in Amazon.com Inc. ‘ s search for a second headquarters with the revision of their bids in the event that any of the actual winners, New York City, rejects the corporate giant as a result of opposition from the local politicians.

FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators gather to protest Amazon’s new workplace in Long Island City the Queens borough of New York city, USA, November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

Chicago, Miami and Newark are among the skipped finalists who have shown an interest in a other chance to the house of an Amazon project that could bring 25,000 jobs. Nashville, Tennessee, which was awarded with a 5,000-person center, also said that it was open to the take of a greater role of New York to draw attention.

Newark, New Jersey, about 15 miles (24 km) to the west of the City of New York, is willing to share in the head office in the case of its larger neighbour would be satisfied with a scaled-down project, said Aisha Glover, chief executive of the Newark Alliance, the group leading the city effort.

“We are certainly interested in reactivating our bid,” Glover said, emphasizing the importance of keeping Amazon in the New York metropolitan area.

Amazon, in November, announced in New York City and in Arlington, Virginia, which borders Washington, D. C., would be the share of the so-called HQ2 project, splitting of some 50,000 jobs between the two locations such as the Seattle-based company looked to expand elsewhere.

But the New York project, based at the Long Island City neighborhood in the borough of Queens, across the East River in Manhattan, in the resistance of the local politicians who oppose the $2.8 billion in incentives promised to Amazon in a deal secretly negotiated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Among those the opposition state Senator Michael Gianaris, a Democrat who represents the district on the water where Amazon wants to find. He criticized with great tax credits for a company that made a net profit of $3 billion in the previous quarter and whose chief executive, Jeff Bezos, is listed by Forbes as the richest man in the world.

“The dollars of the hand are pointed in the wrong direction. Amazon is trying to take, take, take, take, take. There is no compensation for the damage they cause to the surrounding community,” said Gianaris, the concern about the impact on the public transport, the schools and the low-income groups, who are already under pressure.

The state senate has proposed Gianaris to the public Authorities Control Board, which could sink the project has other offers in the past. In 2005, the council rejected a plan to build an Olympic and football stadium in Manhattan.

Under Gianaris’ allies is the U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the rookie Democratic congressman from a nearby district whose progressive politics have captured a large national following.

Amazon has the support of other politicians, including Cuomo, who has yet to ratify Gianaris’ position on the control board.

Amazon says that it does not achieve all of the finalists.

“We would like to hear from locations where we have worked with on HQ2 and other projects. We look forward to continuing the relationship as we decide to invest in the future,” Amazon said Wednesday.

Cuomo’s office did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

While the Amazon HQ, the New York backers, the continued opposition has led the company to reconsider other sites.

The Washington Post, owned by Bezos, cited two unnamed sources familiar with the company thinking” to report that Amazon executives held internal discussions to evaluate New York and consider alternatives.

But in other places, like the city. Almost 50 left-leaning organizations of cities on Amazon’s short shortlist announced in a letter to say they HQ2. ourhq2wishlist.org/dear-jeff

Still, Amazon received 238 proposals in North America on a year long bidding war, and Amazon named 20 finalists. Among the shortlisted cities were Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and Newark.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that he still has contact with Amazon, but that “we are pleased with the opportunity to continue to talk” with Amazon should consider leaving New York.

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker’s office said in a statement that he “immediately called Amazon” after the Washington Post report “to a full-throated pitch for the Chicago bid.

Nashville would “evaluate the project and respond appropriately” if Amazon presented a new opportunity, Jeff Hite, senior vice president for economic development at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement.

The Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce declined to comment.

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New Jersey-one of the more aggressive bids, proposals up to $7 billion in potential tax savings. Glover, of the Newark Alliance, said that they reached out to the New York opponents to see if a shared headquarters would be more acceptable.

“If for some reason they want to withdraw, either in whole or in part, Newark and New Jersey are ready, willing and able to accommodate them,” Glover said. “So we wanted to make sure that we’re sending that message to Amazon in a very clear and direct way.”

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Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Additional reporting by Zachary Fagenson in Miami, David Shepardson in Washington and Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco, Karen Pierog and Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Nick Zieminski

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