Amazon scraps plan to build a headquarters in New York City

Amazon scraps plan to build a headquarters in New York City

But it later chose to split its the jobs between Long Island City and Virginia, in order to prevent a talent squeeze. It said it plans to spread the technology jobs that were slated for NY to other offices around the USA and Canada, including Chicago, Toronto and Austin, Texas.

Amazon ran an extensive search for a second headquarters outside of Seattle.

The decision means an estimated 25,000 jobs, generating $27 billion in economic benefit over multiple years, will not be coming to the NY area.

Amazon suggested in their release that both Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, and their staffs, "supported [Amazon] during the process" and "enthusiastically and graciously invited us to build in New York City". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. "They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity".

Amazon will also continue growing across its 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the USA and Canada, and will still expand its footprint in the New York City area, where it now employs about 5,000 workers.

"POWER OF THE PEOPLE", former NY attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout exclaimed, saying Amazon's decision to abandon the NY headquarters project left her "speechless".

Chicago, Miami and Newark are among the passed-over finalists that have expressed interest in another chance to become the home of an Amazon project that could bring 25,000 jobs. The online retailer had not yet acquired any land for the project, which would make it easy to scrap its plans.

In November, Amazon announced it would build a huge complex in the borough of Queens to employ more than 25,000 people. "Instead of working with the community, Amazon threw away that opportunity", he said Thursday.

"You have to be tough to make it in New York City".

"There were legitimate concerns raised and aspects that I wanted changed", she tweeted. High-rise towers have sprouted across the neighborhood in recent years.

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The company said it will not reopen the search process "at this time".

Writing on Twitter, the freshman congresswoman said that the grassroots campaign to kick Amazon out of Queens had demonstrated that "anything is possible".'s senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick called Amazon's decision "a stunning development".

Despite loud opposition to the plan, the company as recently as Friday said it was "focused on engaging with our new neighbors" on the project following reports it was considering scraping the campus.

Alphabet Inc's Google has avoided competitions between cities for its office, and its growing presence in lower Manhattan has met with little serious blowback.

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Shares of Amazon were down 0.3 percent after the announcement. The company has said it will not build a new headquarters in NY.

"Either they are really good poker players or they were not aware", Greenberg said of the Amazon representatives.

Democratic state Sen. Michael Gianaris, who was one of the most vocal elected officials against the Amazon deal, for his part compared Amazon's actions to that of a "petulant child". The company is planning to move forward with its Virginia expansion.

"New Jersey is open for business, and now more than ever, Newark is the clear choice as the next presence for Amazon corporate offices", Murphy said.

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