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Amazon is pulling out of New York, won’t reopen HQ2 search

By: - February 14, 2019 1:04 pm

Amazon announced Thursday it will not open a corporate campus in New York City, after state lawmakers tried to block billions in subsidies to the tech behemoth.

The company chose Long Island City in Queens and part of Northern Virginia as the winners of its HQ2 competition. Pennsylvania’s largest cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, were finalists. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration offered $4.6 billion in incentives to lure Amazon to the state, with Philly willing to pony up another $1.1 billion.

Before you get too excited/mad about the possibility of Pennsylvania winning after all, read this part of Amazon’s statement:

We do not intend to re-open the HQ2 search at this time. We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada.

Wolf was asked about the possibility of courting Amazon again in an interview this week hosted by 6ABC‘s Matt O’Donnell.

“I’m always talking, always talking,” Wolf said with a smile. “I’m always selling Pennsylvania.”

Amazon is valued at more than $1 trillion (that is not a typo). Its founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, is worth a measly $150 billion.

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Sarah Anne Hughes
Sarah Anne Hughes

Associate Editor Sarah Anne Hughes covers the governor and Pennsylvania's agencies. Before joining the Capital-Star, she was the state capitol reporter for Billy Penn and The Incline, and a 2018 corps member for Report for America. She was previously managing editor of Washington City Paper, editor-in-chief of DCist, and a national blogger for The Washington Post.