Amazon to Build Second HQ

Sep 11, 2017

Amazon is looking for a “‘metropolitan area’ with ‘more than one million people,’ a ‘stable and business-friendly environment,’ and an ‘urban or suburban’ location ‘with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent.’” The competition amongst cities will undoubtedly pit them against one another looking for ways to offer tax breaks, low taxes, and offer taxpayer funded infrastructure improvements if Amazon decides to accept their deal. So far Denver, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, Dallas, Baltimore, and Pittsburg are jumping into the bidding war. Seattle city councilmember and socialist, Kshama Sawant, said that what Amazon is doing it holding a region of the country “hostage” for tax breaks. She called on employees to “unionize and …take these behemoths into democratic public ownership.”