Cleveland Was Set To Give Amazon At Least $120 Million In Benefits Before Getting Rejected For HQ2

Eric Lieberman | Tech and Law Reporter

The city of Cleveland offered to give Amazon and its employees at least $120 million in benefits if the tech giant chose them as its location for the highly-anticipated second headquarters.

Those incentives include discounted public transit fares for Amazon workers, which could be only part of the offering since Cleveland.com and local station WKYC were only given 27 pages of the full pitch.

The municipal appeal from Cleveland is just one of many, as cities both big and small have been scrambling for the corporate behemoth’s attention. Stonecrest, Georgia, proposed apportioning a large part of its land so Amazon could essentially create its own city with CEO Jeff Bezos as the unelected mayor. Georgia as a whole has been including the prospect of lassoing Amazon in many policy debates that would usually be considered not related to the tech company’s ultimate investment. There are several other examples, leading to some, especially many on the left end of the political spectrum, to detest Amazon.

Knowing its stature in the marketplace and its almighty power, Amazon has essentially asked localities to come to them to make their bidding. And as it has narrowed its search to 20 cities (Cleveland is not one) down from the original 238 proposals, Amazon’s leaders have been calling officials from rejected cities to explain why they weren’t the one for them.

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