US e-commerce giant Amazon said on the 14th that due to opposition from some local politicians in New York, the company will cancel the plan to build a new headquarters in New York City.
Singapore Lianhe Zaobao reported on February 15 that Amazon said in a statement that although 70% of New York residents support Amazon's new headquarters in New York, some local politicians have clearly expressed their opposition, which will lead to The company is unable to establish good relationships with the local government and the vision envisioned will be difficult to achieve.
The statement said that Amazon has no plans to find alternative locations. The company's plan to build a new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and a new operations center in Nashville, Tennessee, will continue.
Amazon is headquartered in Seattle, USA, with approximately 610,000 employees worldwide and is one of the largest employers in the United States. Last November, Amazon announced that it would invest $5 billion (about S$6.78 billion) to build a new headquarters in the Long Island City community in Queens, New York, and Arlington, Virginia, respectively, and create 25,000 high-paying jobs in each of the two places. post.
According to US media reports, the New York State and New York City governments agreed to provide Amazon with a total of about $3 billion in tax breaks and subsidies to attract Amazon to settle in New York. This preferential policy has been strongly influenced by some local politicians and the public. Oppose. Opponents believe that huge subsidies and concessions are used in other businesses that are urgently needed, such as infrastructure construction.