WASHINGTON – As Amazon canceled plans to build a sprawling New York City site this week, officials in Northern Virginia more than 200 miles away decided to make a statement.
Your message: Your region has something to do together They were far better prepared and free of drama.
The comments came from those in the area who referred to themselves as National Landing, an affiliation of the Arlington and Alexandria neighborhoods that was the other winner of Amazon's raffle last year
Previous page  But after landing in the Amazon, National Landing disappeared from the limelight when attention was focused on New York City. In New York, lawmakers, progressive activists and union leaders began to claim that Amazon, one of the world's largest technology companies, is not earning nearly three billion dollars in government incentives to open a campus there.
Politics got excited. Then came Amazon's public breakup from New York on Thursday.
"Some state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and do not work with us to build the kind of relationships needed to move forward," Amazon said in a statement on New York.
In Northern Virginia, officials wereted little time, and within hours, Christian Dorsey, chairman of the Arlington County Board, called a call with reporters.
"I can not speculate about what went wrong," Dorsey said in New York, "and I do not really want to think about it. It was a lot. "But he discussed how his area had improved Amazon's planning, persuaded the company to come and then set up an infrastructure and development plan to facilitate the arrival.
" It showed a particular dynamic of community " In a region where things go together, "Dorsey said," Amazon has not changed its plans to create 25,000 jobs for National Landing by 2030, with the potential to increase that figure to 38,000. "Monica Backmon, 1
"Oh, yes, we're happy," she said, "It speaks for the certainty that we know what we're doing and spend a lot of planning and effort early on.
In the beginning, according to the Virginia officials, their preparations were very different from those of other Amazon-related cities. Residents and others were generally friendly, in contrast to the continuing drumming of the protests in New York.
The region had planned for years to improve roads, subways, trains and bike paths for a large company like Amazon, Backmon, said.
A bipartite state body of legislature executives discussing key incentive offerings had spent many hours discussing Amazon before agreeing on the new campus, said Stephen Moret, of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Virginia Economic Development Partnership). The fact that this group has been so heavily involved over the 14 months has contributed significantly to how well things have developed at the state level, "Moret said in a recent interview. He said the representatives of Arlington and Alexandria had been repeatedly briefed on Amazon.
By the end of June, the Virginia Legislature overwhelmingly passed a $ 750 million incentive package for Amazon, signed by the governor. Amazon grants $ 550 million in grants for the first 25,000 jobs and 200 million more for the creation of 12,850 additional jobs in the following years.
Officers in Nashville, Tennessee, who landed a smaller development project at Amazon with approximately 5,000 employees, also differentiated between their approach and New York. In the city and in Tennessee tax incentives were offered in the total amount of 102 million US dollars. This is much less per job than New York's promising billions. And Nashville's offer was not tied to some of the eye-catching benefits that New York did.
"We do not have a heliport," said Mayor David Briley's press secretary Thomas Mulgrew, referring to the New York promise. Help Amazon secure access to a heliport near the planned Queens campus. "I read that and thought, 'Oof, this is going to be a difficult question. "
The Amazon critics and their expansion strategy celebrated the company's withdrawal from New York as a victory and said they were encouraged to turn their sights to Northern Virginia and Nashville.
"Do not come to our cities to ignore the democratic process and hoard the resources our communities desperately need," Local Progress's organization of local officials said in a statement.
Stand Up Nashville, an activist group that has criticized the Amazon project, and other groups have been working for months to resist the agreement and push for greater community involvement in the process. The news from New York this week brought new energy to the movement – and will likely increase participation in a public forum that the groups had already scheduled for Friday night.
"Since yesterday's announcement, the event has just exploded," he told Anne Barnett, a co-chair of Stand Up Nashville. "There is more interest now than ever before."
Northern Virginia officials said they realized there could be similar protests in their area. However, they said their relationship with Amazon was strong.
"You were an absolutely honest broker," said Dorsey of the Arlington County Board. "We feel good with their relationships so far."
Amazon has not immediately submitted a call for comment.