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No Incentives for Amazon from Austin City Council

Amazon is narrowing the list of cities under consideration for its second headquarters to 20, with the largest concentration in the Northeast.  Austin is among the remaining 20 cities vying for the new HQ, with other cities including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Newark, New Jersey; Columbus, Ohio. It also listed northern Virginia and Montgomery County in Maryland as potential sites.

Some questions have arisen, however, as to whether or not Austin Mayor Steve Adler and the city council are actually serious about bringing Amazon to Austin.  

"I still not have heard of any conversations about offering incentives," Adler said Thursday morning.  But incentives are something most of the other 19 cities have been feverishly hammering out ahead of Amazon's final decision.

Speaking with Fox 7 in Austin, council member Ann Kitchen said she couldn't care less whether Amazon gets any incentives from Austin.

"This is not about asking a company to come here and giving them tax breaks.  I'm not in favor of that," Kitchen said.

Amazon, based in Seattle, plans to invest $5 billion in the new headquarters and could employ as many as 50,000 people in and around the city it chooses, but the decision will be made this year.  Critics say the Austin council either needs to get to work on sweetening the deal, or be honest with Amazon and the people of Austin about their desire for the online retailer to look elsewhere.

 

 

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