Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Despite a $4.6 billion offer, having two cities on the public shortlist and the decision to plant two locations instead of one, Pennsylvania did not land online retail giant Amazon’s second headquarters.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were named as finalists for the project earlier this year, which would have led to $5 billion in private investment and 50,000 jobs before the Amazon decided to split HQ2 between two locations.

However, the multibillion dollar incentives, combined with many local concessions, prompted bipartisan politicians to sound off with their displeasure with the offer.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Philadelphia pleased with “stellar effort” in courting Amazon

Philadelphia pleased with “stellar effort” in courting Amazon

Despite losing Amazon HQ2 bidding to two Northeast Corridor competitors, Mayor Jim Kenney (D) refused to hang his head on Philadelphia’s efforts.

“I was more disappointed in the Dallas game,” he told reporters at a press conference Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Community organizers file amicus brief to make public Pittsburgh Amazon H2Q bid

Community organizers file amicus brief to make public Pittsburgh Amazon H2Q bid

Despite being ordered to make the details of the Amazon HQ2 bid to the public, the City of Pittsburgh instead opted to appeal the decision. This “veil of secrecy,” as community organizers call it, has caused frustration among Pittsburgh residents. So much so that early Thursday morning, the Community Power Movement and a dozen other activists took to City-County Building steps to announce the submission of a petition and amicus brief urging the city to reveal what Amazon has been promised. 

Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

In response to growing concern from residents about displacement should Amazon make Pittsburgh its second home, Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) proposed legislation Tuesday placing deed restrictions on between 15 and 20 properties in Hazelwood.

With the former steel mill site of Hazelwood Green seen as a likely Amazon Headquarters location, O’Connor said the properties would be left to lower income residents to help keep them in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Worried about displacement, Pittsburghers demand to see Amazon bid

Worried about displacement, Pittsburghers demand to see Amazon bid

With signs demanding transparency, community investment, and their very own ‘Alexa’ more than 20 community organizers and concerned residents gathered in front of the Pittsburgh City-County Building to ask that elected officials release their much discussed Amazon HQ2 bid to the public Wednesday.

Pittsburgh along with Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and over a dozen other cities, is competing to land Amazon’s second headquarters. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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