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Amazon abandons plan for NYC headquarters

BY David Salazar

Amazon is changing its plans regarding its second headquarters. The online giant announced Thursday that it will not be building a headquarters in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City in New York as it announced it would in November.

In a post on the Amazon blog, the company noted opposition from “a number of state and local politicians” who “made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with eh project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

“We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York, its incomparable dynamism, people, and culture — and particularly the community of Long Island City, where we have gotten to know so many optimistic, forward-leaning community leaders, small business owners, and residents,” the blog post said. “There are currently over 5,000 Amazon employees in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, and we plan to continue growing these teams.”

Amazon said it has no plans to revisit its search for a home for its second headquarters. Instead, it will move forward with its plans for a new HQ campus in northern Virginia, as well as its plans to build a “Center of Excellence” for its operations business in Nashville. It also said it would continue to hire and grow across its 17 offices and tech hubs in the United States in Canada.

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