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October 5, 2017

Not ready for Amazon Prime time

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

I’m sure everyone has heard by now about Amazon’s “second headquarters” challenge to cities cross North America.  City Lab has an update on how crazy some cities/states are going to in order to woo Amazon.  But here is an older article about what Amazon is looking for when it comes to its headquarters 2.0:

Other factors in the company’s request for proposals include: aviation access (international is a plus), a talented workforce (bolstered by proximity to a university), tax incentives (“how much do you want us?”) and space to fit the approximately 8 million square feet Amazon requires to house this massive operation.

Alameda, naturally, is always looking to see how we can fit into this equation and it looks like, well, we don’t.  From Alameda City Manager’s update:

Amazon, in the Bay Area?

Amazon is looking for another corporate location in the country and is asking for proposals (and incentives) from cities.  The East Bay EDA (EBEDA) and Bay Area cities about putting together the regional information and working with the State’s GO BIZ group to look at possible incentives. The Mayors of Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose had been having discussions about their own joint proposals, which has evolved into two East Bay Proposals – 1) San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA; and 2) SF – Oakland-Hayward MSA. Through the Bay Area Council, the cities of Fremont, Concord and Richmond were also invited to be part of this latter proposal. These 5 cities have now been joined with the Bay Area Council to put together a proposal and then open it up for interest from other East Bay cities which meet Amazon’s requirement for a site which currently is defined as sites that have a BART station and have had demonstrated high housing development activity. The Bay Area Council has become a major player in this and is developing additional criteria for site selection.

Alameda —  unlike Fremont, Concord, and Richmond — was not invited to be a part of the larger East Bay proposal probably because well (1) we don’t have a BART station and (2) we don’t have high housing development activity.  Given that HQ2 is going to bring in 50,000 new jobs to whatever city/metro it selects and we already have a housing shortage, there is no way that Alameda would do its part to absorb a percentage of those families which would need new housing.  The jobs we would gladly take, but we would balk — as we always do — with the housing and simply cause more displacement.

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2 Comments »

  1. I could see Denver winning the Amazon lottery. Maybe Chicago.

    Comment by dave — October 5, 2017 @ 9:18 am

  2. waste of time and taxpayer money . . . Amazon **will** go to a red state . . . amazon owner bezos needs to suck up to repugs . . probably (97%) indiana . . . ie pence . . . bezos (also owner of wapo) attempt to stop growing movement to breakup amazon

    Comment by just say no — October 5, 2017 @ 10:08 am


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