Tennessee could still be an option for Amazon HQ2 amid NYC resistance

    Rendering of HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: City of Arlington

    UPDATE (11:00 a.m.)--Amazon has just announced they have canceled plans to build a new headquarters in New York, just hours after FOX 17 News published the article below. According to the Associated Press, the e-commerce retailer does not plan at this time to search for another location.

    Nashville Mayor David Briley said the announcement in no way affects plans for Amazon's Operations Center in Nashville. "Today’s news in no way affects Nashville’s partnership with Amazon which will bring its Operations Center of Excellence to our city and create 5,000 jobs," Briley stated.

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Nashville -or another Tennessee city- could still be in the running for Amazon's HQ2 after losing the bid for the headquarters to New York City and Arlington, Virginia last year.

    Fox Business Insider reports Amazon officials are reconsidering the move to New York City amid criticism from some lawmakers in the state questioning the 3 billion deal.

    According to Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner Bob Rolfe, the state is still interested if Amazon comes calling. Speaking to FOX Business on Tuesday, Rolfe stated "We would be very interested in working with Amazon in any way possible."

    Although Nashville lost out on the bid for the expansion of Amazon headquarters, the city was chosen to host Amazon's Operation Center which will bring 5,000 jobs. Billed the largest jobs announcement in Tennessee history, hiring is expected to start this year as the center is built on 15 acres in the Nashville Yards.

    If Amazon decides to reconsider Nashville, it won't be without some resistance here as well. Metro Councilmembers demanded a raise for city employees given the incentive package offered to Amazon and the Beacon Center of Tennessee criticized the tax incentives it took to bring Amazon's Operation Center of Excellence to Music City.

    The non-profit, think tank which often examines the use of taxpayer dollars took issue with the $102 million of performance-based incentives given to Amazon for the operations site. The non-profit welcomed the new jobs but stated the move is "unfair and immoral" for middle-class Tennesseans and small businesses.

    While the New York City deal is not officially dead, FOX Business also reported Amazon officials were in Tennessee last week, though Rolfe said talks did not involve HQ2.

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