Residents of the Washington Region have submitted DCI applications to DC, state and local governments, including Fairfax County, hoping to discover the range of Amazon incentives, hoping to create the second headquarters of the Web and retail giants to reach. 19659002] FOIA requests were submitted by members of the Democratic Socialists of America DC Metro chapter in conjunction with the anti-Amazon HQ2 OffensiveNotDC campaign. The group has now launched a partner website, NoVaSaysNo.com.
Amazon is currently looking at 20 cities and regions across the continent to find a second headquarters, known as HQ2, which is expected to generate around 50,000 jobs and $ 5 billion in business activity. Key factors for Amazon include access to public transport, a well-educated workforce and generous tax incentives.
"As our elected officials throughout the DMV are giving away billions of taxpayer money to Jeff Bezos Amazon, they have done so." We basically informed the general public what exactly was being offered, "said Alex Howe, a resident of Alexandria and Organizer at DC DSA, in a prepared statement, "Our public money should be used to fund affordable housing, schools for our children, and projects that benefit our entire community."
Fairfax County, which has a joint proposal with Loudoun County and the Commonwealth of Virginia, is one of Amazon 20 finalists as well as separate playing fields from Montgomery County, Maryland and Washington DC The company is expected to select an HQ2 site later this year
Leakage information from some finalists show that governments Billions of euros in incentives. [1
Loudoun officials have rejected several questions on HQ2 this week. including whether they felt it was right to hide the supply and taxpayer-funded incentives to the public.
"This project is still confirmed Please read our response below, which we have used for all FOIA inquiries regarding this project," said Colleen Kardasz, deputy director of Loudoun County's Department of Economic Development.
The answer goes on: "The requested records are of disclosure under Virginia Code Section 2.2-3705.6.3, which indicates ownership information, voluntarily provided by private companies on the basis of a confidentiality agreement from a public authority, used by public corporation for business, trade and tourism development or retention, and memoranda, working papers or other information relating to companies considering a publicly-created Virginia office where competition or collective bargaining play a role and the disclosure of such Information would undermine the financial interests of the public sector. "
Open government and transparency advocates in Chicago and Detroit are similarly battling their city governments for details of the Amazon's offer." A lawsuit in Chicago triggered by requests for information Freedom of Information Act, keeps going.
Howe, with NoVaSaysNo, said Bezos' plan is to play off places across the country to see how much public money he can get elected officials to throw him. "
" Bezos is the richest man on the planet, and he knows where he wants HQ2, "he said." Instead of selling our DMV residents in a race to the bottom, our three places should invest in people and communities , Residents in our region refuse to compete.
Proposals have been submitted to the governments and economic development agencies of Alexandria, Montgomery, Fairfax and Loudoun County, the governments of Virginia and Maryland, and the Office of the Washington City Hall.