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Amazon nixes New York headquarters plan

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/14/19, 01:02 pm

After pushback from local politicians, Amazon said it will no longer build a headquarters in New York City. The Seattle-based online retailer spent a year conducting a highly publicized search in which cities tried to woo the company with promises of favorable tax policies. In November, Amazon announced it would split its expansion between New York and Northern Virginia, but some New York politicians were unhappy with the nearly $3 billion in tax incentives promised to the retailer. On Thursday, Amazon said it was nixing the New York build and would not look for another location anytime soon. Instead, it will shift the planned growth to other offices in Arlington, Va. and Nashville, Tenn.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 01:37 pm

    Politicians should not play favorites by bending the tax laws in order to attract big corporations.  Liberal politicians rail against corporations and the rich, except when it is in their own interest. I am all in favor of making a business friendly environment, but it must be applied equally for all.  

    Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 07:55 pm

    I agree.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 04:43 pm

    I’m of the opinion NYC has just dodged a bullet. (not that I would very likely be rooting for NYC)  As Jeff  Bezos’ personal life implodes, I suspect there will be substantial fallout including revelations that not all has been as it appears with Amazon. 

    Who knows?  We might even get lucky and see the long-overdue demise of The Washington Post. 

  • charles jandecka
    Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 05:42 pm

    Professional sports corporations not only get tax breaks, but the outliying citizens get fleeced to build their "facoteries." And then they pay high ticket & product prices to see a game. Dummies!!!

    Posted: Thu, 02/14/2019 08:03 pm

    Our county decided to build a new football stadium courtesy of tax payers. Because they could. They tacked on added taxes to pay for it and the taxes continue. We don't get to vote on the taxes they administer. They probably got free posh seats in the stadium. And who knows what else. These days kick-back seems legal for all gov't officials. With the exception of Trump, even if he didn't do anything.

    TRUMP 2020!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Sat, 02/16/2019 03:33 am

    Have noticed a rather large backlash from New York business people against the leftists who were most vocal in their opposition to Amazon coming to NYC.