Milam County doesn't make the cut in bid for Amazon headquarters

Milam County doesn't make the cut in bid for Amazon headquarters

Milam County doesn't make the cut in bid for Amazon headquarters

In an interview held, just a few days before Amazon announced its list of finalists, Ras Baraka, the mayor of Newark, mentioned Amazon, "long criticized in Seattle for its role in a booming economy that has displaced lower-income residents and minorities, had an opportunity to make a statement by selecting a less fortunate city for its new headquarters".

Other cities in the northeast included Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Raleigh, North Carolina. Miami, for instance, has no personal income tax and is the "gateway to South and Central America", a region where Amazon hopes to grow, Boyd said. "That said, I don't think (the decision) is in any way a comment about the strength of our tech community and we should keep going after every opportunity".

Amazon received 238 applications from communities hopeful for the chance to bring up to 50,000 high-paying jobs to their area with the proposed, $5 billion second headquarters, or HQ2.

During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Mike Rosa, Sr.

According to Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria, county leaders and economic development officials have discussed what an economic inventive package might look like, but those conversations have happened in closed session, which means he's not allowed to talk about them.

With Amazon's headquarters based in Seattle, the list of finalists clearly indicates a preference for a location in the eastern United States.

Hamilton failed to make Amazon's top 20 list to host the company's next headquarters.

Rosa said, "It would have a tremendous impact".

Since 2010, DFW added more than 700,000 jobs and 75 corporate headquarters relocated here. It had almost 542,000 employees at the end of September, a 77 percent jump from the year before. Ament said it will be up to Amazon, if it chooses to come here, where it will be located. Sioux Falls is booming, and growing fast, but it's not there yet. Two metro areas, NY and Washington, have more than one location on the list, increasing the competition there, he said. "But I believe that we have the stamina to get over all of them".

Mayor Rawlings said another asset for DFW is the cost of doing business in DFW is 10 to 12 percent less than other big cities in the U.S.

The city offered Amazon $60 million in cash incentives.

News about Apple's expansion plan have certainly caught the attention of Chicago council members; after all, this is a project that would involve hiring 20,000 new employees and generating more than $300 billion in revenue within the first five years of operations.

Amazon also wanted to be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an global airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand the headquarters to as much as 8 million square feet in the next decade.

But he said he still believes the DFW region is located in the flawless spot in the U.S.

Sandy Baruah, President of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce also said that needs to change.

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