Recently a key test was cleared by Amazon.com Inc, who were planning to open their second headquarter in northern Virginia, when a proposed financial package was approved by local officials worth an assessed $51 million among a minor but verbal opposition. In the month of November, national landing was picked by Amazon, a site jointly owned by the city of Alexandria and Arlington County, along with NYC for its second headquarters or so-called HQ2. A year-long search was followed by that in which hundreds of municipalities, ranging from New Jersey, Newark to Indianapolis, contended for the enclosed high-wage jobs and coveted tax-dollars the plan promises.
To build part of its 2nd headquarters in the NY region of Queens, Plans were abruptly scrapped by Amazon in the month of February after disapproval from local leaders infuriated by incentives assured by city and state politicians. After a 7-hour meeting, it was voted in the favor of Amazon with 5-0 by the Arlington County Board conducted in a room filled with up to nearly 150 representatives and citizens from minority advocacy groups and local unions. There was strong opposition from some labor groups and residents.
Out of them, many recited “shame” and gave signs with slogans counting Amazon overworks and underpays. The people combined will never be defeated, was chanted by a dozen marchers outside the county office. An organizer for the alliance, “For Us, Not Amazon,” Danny Candejas opposes the move of the company into the area and people who live here are not overpriced out by rich people, we are fighting to ensure that, he said. Reportedly, 112 people were listed to speak, which is remarkably large figure for a local county meeting, making Christian Dorsey to cut the talking mins. to 2 mins., from 3 mins, for each regular speaker and 4-5 minutes for organization’s representatives.