It’s been nearly 11 months since Amazon called off plans to build a second headquarters in the borough of Queens in New York City.
The Wall Street Journal recently obtained corporate documents and reported that New York officials originally proposed $1.4 billion of tax credits and $1.1 billion in grants to the tech giant — that’s $800 million more than the signed agreement in 2018 before Bezos pulled the deal.
Amazon’s highly publicized announcement for HQ2 triggered about 238 proposals nationwide, in which city officials were so eager to win the contest that they were offering billions of dollars in tax breaks, Business Insider reported. The company promised to house 50,000 jobs to its winner, and it got a trove of valuable data from applications in exchange.
Stacy Mitchell, director of the Institute of Local Self-Reliance, previously told Business Insider that Amazon’s strategy to obtain data through the HQ2 hunt aids its future expansion.
“Amazon has a godlike view of what’s happening in digital commerce, and now cities have helped give it an inside look at what’s happening in terms of land use and development across the US,” she said. “[It] will put that data to prodigious use in the coming years to expand its empire.”
Source: Business Insider