Amazon delivers news of HQs in NY and Washington DC

This is where Amazon will build its two new headquarters

Amazon reportedly picks New York, northern Virginia for HQ2

Amazon can receive $573 million if they create 25,000 jobs with an average wage over $150,000 in Arlington.

In the Seattle area, Amazon's presence, along with that of other tech giants like Microsoft, is thought to have contributed to home values that have priced out even relatively affluent families and have left poorer residents with few options. Amazon said the finalist city will be home to a new Amazon office that will create 5,000 jobs, focused on customer delivery and supply chain.

The world's largest online retailer has already been awarded more than US$1.6 billion of state and local public subsidies across the United States since 2000, with most of that after 2012, according to a database from the Washington-based government watchdog Good Jobs First.

Google, for example, is also planning a major expansion in NY. Amazon can also apply for separate incentives through New York City economic development programs. Capital gains taxes can be as high as 23.8 percent.

"It's not a level playing field to begin with", Cuomo said in an interview Tuesday.

"We're not seeking to "get money back"; we just want to ensure that the investments are made and that they come to fruition", said Monica Backmon, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority executive director. The estimated initial tax break for Amazon looks to be $1.5 billion spread over 10 years depending on hiring targets, construction, and occupancy of their property as outlined below.

Long Island City was quickly gentrifying before the new tax law. Housing in Amazon's two new hubs are well more than twice the median home price nationwide of $255,000, according to ATTOM Data Solutions.

Doulis, of the Citizens Budget Commission, said that credit and similar ones might have outlived their usefulness.

Goldman said she has a lot of admiration for the company and its new services. But today, Long Island City is a rapidly developing neighbourhood full of hip bars and luxury apartment complexes. A GPP allows for input from the local community board and modifications or approval from the City Planning Commission, with the Empire State Development Corporation getting the final say over the plan.

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On Tuesday, top politicians in NY and Virginia cheered the announcement, while property firms reported surging interest in the two neighbourhoods. And he said the deals would pay off in the long run in jobs and tax revenues.

"These two markets definitely can absorb this kind of employment shock - and they have some time to prepare for it", he said.

In the press release, Bezos said Amazon was "excited" about the new headquarters, seeing as "these two locations will allow [Amazon] to attract a world-class talent pool". That is especially concerning, he added, when entrepreneurship rates are falling and cities are struggling to nurture homegrown businesses.

The year-long saga that saw Amazon Inc.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat who will represent parts of Queens in the House of Representatives starting in January, was one of several elected officials to criticize the deal.

"Massachusetts is the proud home of almost 4,000 Amazon jobs located in numerous facilities across the Commonwealth, including the headquarters for Amazon Robotics in North Reading and the creation of an additional 2,000 Amazon jobs in Boston's Seaport district by 2021", the state economic development office said in a statement.

Maryland had pledged $8.5 billion for sites just north of Washington D.C. and New Jersey had offered a $7 billion package if Amazon located in Newark. The Foxconn deal, which has since grown even more expensive, has produced a public backlash in Wisconsin. "Courses and certificates taught and earned through the Amazon Georgia Academy will help instruct and guide local decisions regarding academic curriculum and student learning choices, helping to transform future young professionals, as well as potentially inform Georgia's entire education ecosystem", the proposal continued.

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Lambert hopes new workers whose jobs are moving to the area will mostly use transit, bike or walk, which would reduce the amount of additional traffic issues along Route 1 and Interstate 395.

"They would have had another whole wave of blowback if they'd had another hunger games", LeRoy said.

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