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Amazon provides valuable information on commercial development while rejecting possible HQ2 sites

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As part of its mission to find the perfect city for its second headquarters, Amazon allegedly organized about 200 phone calls to explain to rejected municipalities why they were not the location for them.

Amazon informs the rejected cities

Amazon executives described to officials from different parts of the country why they were not going to be chosen, rather than providing the often dishonest cliché and deception of "this is not you, it's me. "

Detroit was told that its public transit system was too limited to the main part of the city, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Cincinnati government now knows that Amazon thinks that they must do more to attract certain talents, such as better cultivating an interest in information technology among younger generations.

And these two important cities said that they were taking their feedbacks to heart. Detroit officials are organizing a voting initiative for a new regional network and local Cincinnati leaders say they're going to do what they've done, but they've put these plans "on steroids," reports the WSJ. Although they are not the recipients of the promised investments of at least $ 5 billion from Amazon, the governing bodies of Cincinnati and Detroit now seem to have the rationale for being more aggressive. and focused on their respective strategies.

"Amazon was a wake-up call," said Gerry Anderson, one of 23 Metro-Detroit company executives who were collectively fighting for a regional transportation plan as a way to get around. attract Amazon. "What is becoming undeniable for people, is that there is a stranger who would have been a very attractive investor who looked at our public transit system and did not like what it was like. ;He saw."

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Not all cities have received such explicit reviews. Amazon spoke very well of Sacramento, California, and did not offer many potential improvements, reports the WSJ.

And not everyone is so happy about the prospect of a giant corporation having such an influence on big cities. In the context of an upward trend, there is a new hatred towards Silicon Valley, much of which is directed against high-tech companies like Amazon who believe that local authorities can turn to the back for their business.

In some cases, that's exactly what happens. Stonecrest, Georgia, has proposed separating a portion of its land so that Amazon can essentially create its own city and appoint CEO Jeff Bezos, its unelected mayor. Georgia as a state is considering the possibility that Amazon will choose the capital of Atlanta as the headquarters of its QG2 in many political debates generally considered out of bounds of concern for investment. A technology company, according to other details described by the Wall Street Journal.

Amazon began reviewing 238 proposals from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, but has since reduced its search to 20 cities. If the technology conglomerate maintains its current candor and behavior, it will likely also offer those who have not yet been convinced not to be.

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