After months of extreme controversy, Jeff Bezos, the president and CEO of Amazon, has made a shocking announcement. He revealed that Amazon will not be building its second headquarters in New York.
For the last year, several cities around the nation were fighting to get Amazon's attention, in the hopes that the tech-giant would build its second headquarters there. After narrowing down the dozens of choices, Amazon landed on just a few options, one of which being Long Island City, Queens, which seemed to be the most promising option.
Following the decision, the company faced mounting opposition. Many people protested the dominating tech-giant, livid that they do not pay taxes while their taxpayer dollars would go to them. Now, Bezos has revealed that Amazon's second HQ will not be in Queens.
The company stated, "After much thought and deliberation, we've decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term."
They continued, "While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City."
The company stated, "We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion- we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture- and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so many optimistic, forward-leaning community leaders, small business owners, and residents. There are currently over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams."
After talking more about their disappointment, Amazon commented about plans moving forward.
They said, "We do not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time. We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada."
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